About African Union
- The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent.
- It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) to promote unity and solidarity of African states, to spur economic development, and to promote international cooperation.
- The AU is guided by its vision of “An Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.”
- The AU’s headquarters are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Why in News?
- The African Union has suspended Sudan from all of its activities until the civilian-led transitional authority is restored. It said the recent coup was unconstitutional.
- Demonstrations against the military takeover are continuing in the capital Khartoum.