AU lifts Sudan suspension


The African Union (AU) lifted its suspension of Sudan’s membership in the bloc, ending a three-month freeze in place pending the installation of a civilian government after the ousting of Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan’s membership was suspended in June following violent dispersal of a protest site in Khartoum during which opposition medics said dozens of people were killed and amid a stand-off between ruling the military and civilian opposition.

After the military and civilian parties and protest groups signed a three-year power-sharing deal in August, Sudan named Abdallah Hamdok prime minister. Hamdok last week formed the country’s first Cabinet since April, when Bashir was unseated.

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

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