The African Union has on Friday announced that it was suspending Guinea following a coup in the West African country that led to the arrest of its president, Alpha Conde.
The Guardian reports that the pan-African body made the announcement on Twitter that it “decides to suspend the Republic of Guinea from all AU activities and decision-making bodies”.
Guinean special forces snatched power on Sunday and arrested Conde, who had come under rising fire for perceived authoritarianism.
On Sunday, the AU had denounced the military seizure and called for the discharge of Conde, who came to be the country’s first democratically elected president in 2010.
The AU’s Political Affairs, Peace and Security Council said it called on AU Commission chief Moussa Faki to “engage with stakeholders in the region” on the crisis.
Similarly, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has also suspended Guinea on Wednesday and has also sent a mission to the country to assess the circumstance there.
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