African leaders allow Sudan's military council 3 months to hand power to civilian gov't

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-23 21:36:46|Editor: xuxin
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CAIRO, April 23 (Xinhua) -- African leaders have agreed to give Sudan's ruling military council three months to implement democratic reforms, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported Tuesday.

The leaders reached the agreement during a summit of the African Union (AU), which was chaired by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

"The African countries agreed to give more time to the Sudanese Military Council to carry out necessary measures with the help of the AU," Sisi was quoted as saying.

Last week, the AU set a 15-day deadline for Sudan's Military Council to hand over its power to a civilian government.

The AU threatened to suspend Sudan's membership if it fails to transfer power within the deadline.

Now the deadline has been extended to three months as 15 days are not enough for forming a government, said the Egyptian president.

The Sudanese Military Council has rule the country since President Omar al-Bashir was militarily ousted on April 11.