African Union and World Bank suspend Sudan 

18:04, 27 October 2021
African Union and World Bank suspend Sudan  Photo: Maria Dyveke Styve/ BY-SA 3.0

The African Union has suspended Sudan from all activities until the civilian rule in the seized by rebellions country is restored.

The bloc has strongly denounced the military takeover in the country thus deciding to deprive Sudan of its membership in the AU. The verdict will be in power “until the effective restoration of the civilian-led transitional authority.”

Following the sanctions imposed on Sudan by the AU, the World Bank said it has stopped aiding the seized country. The AU is still demanding the rebellion to immediately set free other ministers who have been put into custody after the coup.

The power grip has triggered massive protests in the country, which led to severe unrest as people scorched down tires, blocked roads and chanted “No to military rule.”

It mostly came after top General Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan disbanded the government and declared a state of emergency in the country. It also caused worldwide condemnation as the European Union, along with the UN and the US and other countries and blocs urged militaries to liberate ministers from imprisonment. 

The expelled Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdalla Hamdok, who had been detained alongside with other ministers, was freed on October 26. He and his wife are currently at their home in the capital, Khartoum, under “heavy security. Whereabouts of the other ministers remain unclear.

Earlier, General Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan said that the coup was necessary to avoid civil war in the country.