Sudan – Sudan’s membership in the African Union has been suspended until civilian control is restored, according to the African Union, which described the military coup as an “unconstitutional” power grab. Sudan has been banned from competing in any AU operations “until the complete restoration of the civilian-led transitional authority,” according to the continental body, which “strongly condemns the takeover of power.”
The World Bank then decided to cut off aid to Sudan as well. On Monday, Sudanese General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and ordered the government’s resignation, bringing widespread international condemnation. The military imprisoned Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, his ministers, and civilian members of Sudan’s ruling council, sparking furious protests in Khartoum’s streets.
Hamdok was eventually released under strict conditions, but other ministers and civilian leaders remain detained. On Wednesday, security officers arrested a huge number of anti-coup activists in an attempt to put an end to three days of anti-coup rallies. Several Western governments have demanded an urgent meeting with Hamdok, alleging that the prime minister and his cabinet are still the constitutional leaders of Sudan.
The African Union (AU) suspended Sudan in June 2019 after pro-democracy activists seeking civilian government were slain outside the army headquarters in Khartoum. Hamdok’s membership was renewed three months after they announced the establishment of Sudan’s first administration since the departure of senior leader Omar al-Bashir.