EU Backs African Union's Position To Give Sudan 15 Days To Set Civil Rule - Mogherini
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 17th April, 2019) The European Union fully supports the demand of the African Union, which called upon Sudan's military to hand over power to a transitional civilian-led political authority, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, the African Union, a bloc consisting of 55 member states located on the continent of Africa, demanded that the Sudanese military hand over power to a transitional civilian-led authority within a maximum period of fifteen days.
"The African Union has demanded the immediate handover of power to a civilian-led transitional authority, which should happen in the next 15 days... Just like our African brothers and sisters, we want the transition to be managed by civilians. So we fully support the African Union's demand and position on this issue, as on many others," Mogherini stressed in her speech at the plenary session of the European Parliament on the situation in Sudan.
According to the EU foreign policy chief, as long as the transition is not managed by civilians, the bloc will not recognize the legitimacy of the transitional military council.
"But, as soon as a civilian transition takes place, the European Union will be ready to accompany it, both politically and also economically," she added.
Mogherini stated that the first priority is to prevent further violence in the African nation.
The North African nation has been in turmoil since December 2018 when it became engulfed by protests. The rallies, becoming more and more violent took on a new turn as Sudanese citizens started calling for the resignation of the country's long-serving ruler, Omar Bashir.
On April 11, Bashir, who had been in power for nearly 30 years, was detained by the country's military. The transitional military council vowed to hold a new election in two years' time. However, protesters continued to hit the streets of the country's capital of Khartoum, demanding the military to hand power to a new civilian government.