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Sudanese General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan dissolved the government and declared an emergency on Monday, sparking widespread international condemnation. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

According to the African Union, it has suspended Sudan until the civil rule is restored, calling the military takeover an “unconstitutional” seizure of power.

In a statement Wednesday, the African Union said it has suspended Sudan until the civilian rule is restoredrejecting the military takeover as an “unconstitutional” takeover.

Africa’s largest bloc said it “strongly condemns the coup” and suspended Sudan from all AU activities “until the effective restoration of civilian-led transitional authority”.

Sudanese General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan ordered the dissolution of the government on Monday and declared a state of emergency, prompting widespread international condemnation.

Khartoum’s streets were ablaze with angry protests after Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was arrested along with his ministers and civilian members of the ruling council.

Eventually, Hamdok was released under close guard, but other ministers and civilian leaders remain behind bars.

As part of an effort to end three days of protests against the power grab, security forces arrested a large number of anti-coup protesters Wednesday.

There have been calls from a number of Western powers for Hamdok to attend an urgent meeting because they still recognise them as the constitutional leaders of Sudan.

Sudan was suspended by the African Union (the AU) in June 2019 after pro-democracy protesters demanding civilian rule were shot dead outside the army headquarters in Khartoum.

Following the ousting of Omar al-Bashir, their membership was restored three months later when Hamdok announced the appointment of Sudan’s first cabinet after the coup.