In a statement, the union condemned “strongly the Sudanese army’s control of power and the dissolution of the transitional government, and it completely rejected the unconstitutional change of government,” which it considered “unacceptable” and “an insult to the common values and democratic standards of the African Union.”
The union said it “welcomes the release of Prime Minister” Abdullah Hamdouk, who was arrested on Monday morning by military personnel and released on Tuesday evening, and “called for the full and unconditional release of all detainees, including ministers and other civilian officials.”
The union also announced sending a “mission to Sudan to dialogue with all parties with the aim of finding an amicable solution to the current political impasse.”
These decisions were taken during Tuesday’s meeting of the Peace and Security Council in charge of conflict and security matters in the African Union.
On Monday, the army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced the dissolution of the Sovereignty Council and the government and the imposition of a state of emergency. His decisions also included the dissolution of all trade union entities and professional federations.
The African Union had previously suspended Sudan’s membership in June 2019, after the fall of Omar al-Bashir, before returning it three months later, after Abdallah Hamdok announced the formation of a new government.
The World Bank
In this context, the World Bank announced the suspension of its assistance to Sudan, and World Bank President David Malpass said in a written declaration that “the World Bank Group suspended on Monday the disbursement of funds for all its operations in Sudan and stopped deciding on any new operation at a time when we are closely monitoring and evaluating the situation.”
The World Bank was particularly involved in Sudan’s debt relief mechanism.