25 Apr African Union meets for Sudan reform

African leaders meeting in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday agreed to give Sudan's ruling military council three months to implement democratic reforms, amid pressure for a quick handover of power to civilians. The decision extends a fifteen day deadline set by the African Union last week for Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) to hand over power to civilians or to be suspended from the grouping. The TMC took over after President Omar al-Bashir was ousted on April 11. But, Bashir is just the latest long-standing African leader to be removed recently, just a week before Bashir, Algeria’s ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was also forced to step down. On the programme today we ask how strong is the AU’s commitment to rejecting unconstitutional changes to government as well as their power to deal with military overthrow?
• Dame Rosalind Marsden, an Associate fellow at Chatham House, she was the former British Ambassador to Sudan and then the EU Special representative for Sudan and South Sudan.
• Dr Martin Rupiya, the Director at the African Public and Research Institute.
• Professor Bhekithemba Mngomezulu from the University of the Western Cape’s Political Sciences Department
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