African Union welcomes Sudan civilian cabinet, lifts suspension

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat-Photo by AU
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – FEBRUARY 11: African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat attends the closing session of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit held at African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on February 11, 2019.
(Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The African Union (AU) on Friday lifted the suspension it had placed on Sudan, following the establishment of a civilian-led government in the Eastern Africa nation.

Sudan’s membership was suspended in June following the violent dispersal of a main protest site in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum during which opposition medics said dozens of people were killed and amidst a standoff between ruling military men and civilian opposition.

But after the military and civilian parties and protest groups signed a three-year power-sharing deal in August, Sudan named Abdallah Hamdok as prime minister.

On Thursday Hamdok formed the country’s first Cabinet since April, when long-term President Omar al-Bashir was unseated.

Meeting in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, the AU’s peace and security  council on Friday voted to lift Sudan’s suspension, it wrote on its Twitter page.

The statement added that the body was committed to supporting the reconstruction process and mobilising the international community.

The Sudanese foreign ministry hailed the decision in a statement on Friday, saying: “(We) use this great occasion to reaffirm our commitment to the goals and objectives of the African Union.”