African and Sudanese civil society calls for strong AU PSC response to coup in Sudan
Published: 15 Apr 2019
(12 April 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) We, the undersigned Sudanese and African civil society organizations write with deep concern about the military takeover in Sudan on 11 April 2019. The recent announcement of a military transitional council headed by Awad ibn Auf, the former vice president and minister of defense under Bashir’s regime, however, represents an attempt by the regime to ensure its survival by sacrificing Bashir. Their imposition of a two year transitional period headed by the military, dissolution of the national assembly, suspension of the 2005 Constitution and imposition of a state of emergency and lack of a plan for transition to civilian rule, however, indicate that they do not share the protesters’ goal of a peaceful and democratic Sudan.
As the masses of protesters stay out in the streets demanding real change, we commend the statement of the AU Chairperson, Moussa Faki, that “military take-over is not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people.” Read full statement here