AU steps up pressure for a transition to civilian rule in Sudan

Sudanese demonstrators display their national flag and the national flag of South Sudan, as they attend a sit-in protest outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 14, 2019. REUTERS/Stringe
African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat arrives for a commemoration ceremony of the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide at the Genocide Memorial in Gisozi in Kigali, Rwanda April 7, 2019.REUTERS/Baz Ratner

The African Union has urged all parties in Sudan to agree in earnest on a civilian-led and consensual transition that would pave the way for the holding of free, fair and transparent elections.

The AU issued a statement as the chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, ended a two-day working visit to Khartoum on Sunday.

Mahamat wants all stakeholders to continue being more responsible and to place the interests of Sudan above any other consideration.

On April 15 the AU’s Peace and Security Council issued a communiqué threatening to suspend Sudan within 15 days unless the Transitional Military Council handed over power to a civilian-led authority.

The military has been ruling Sudan since April 11 when Omar al-Bashir was ousted from office following months of civilian protests.