World Bodies Call for Civilian Rule in Sudan

The African Union and the United Nations have said they are supporting a civilian-led transitional government in Sudan following last month’s overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir. AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and said there is no question of sustaining the military council that assumed power after al-Bashir’s ouster, saying “it is not acceptable”. But he said military members could be part of a civilian government. The AU initially gave the military 15 days to hand over power but extended the deadline to 60 days. Mahamat said talks are under way. The UN-AU communique welcomes and supports “AU-led efforts to facilitate a consensual and civilian-led transition, in close coordination with the UN”.


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