The Republic of Sudan has officially been kicked out of the African Union, the continental body in which all 55 African countries are united.
The African Union Peace and Security Council sitting Thursday in Addis Ababa, came out with stern decision.
The Council announced this afternoon that it was suspending Sudan from “participation in all African Union activities until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority.”
The suspension, the council said, takes immediate effect; adding that returning to civilian rule was “the only way to allow the Sudan to exit from the current crisis”
Sudan is yet to see calm ever since its leader Omar Al Bashir was ousted.
Thousands of Sudanese have remained on the streets calling for the military junta, which took over government, to immediately give way for civilian rule.
Dozens of protesters have reportedly been shot dead by the military in response. Yesterday, it was reported that up to 40 bodies were pulled from the River Nile in the Sudanese capital Khartoum following a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
The African Union’s decision today follows stern criticism of the apparent inaction of the continental body ever since the crisis broke out in Sudan.
Sudan joined the African Union (the Organization of African Union) in May 1963.