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AU gives Sudan’s military rulers ultimatum

The African Union’s Peace and Security Council has given Sudan’s military junta a 15-day ultimatum to transfer power to a civilian-led political authority or face suspension from the pan-African body.

In a statement after a meeting at its headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the council said a “military-led transition would be completely contrary to the aspirations of the people of Sudan”.

It therefore demanded that the military council “step aside and hand over power to a transitional civilian-led political authority” within a maximum period of 15 days, or else Sudan would be barred from taking part in AU activities until the restoration of constitutional rule, the council said.

Meanwhile, Sudanese protesters are continuing to demand that the transitional military council running the country hands over to a civilian-led administration.

On Monday the African Union (AU) called on Sudan’s military to transfer power to a civilian led political authority within 15 days or face suspension from the AU.

Last Thursday President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown by the military following months of protests.

The following day the military leader in charge resigned under pressure from the protesters.

The transitional military council has not yet responded to the African Union’s call for Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his nine colleagues to return the country to civilian rule within 15 days.

Protesters have demanded a total change of leadership with civilians in charge.

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