African Union Suspends Guinea

The African Union said on Friday it was suspending Guinea after a coup in the West African country that saw its president Alpha Conde arrested and West African envoys arrived to mediate in the crisis.

The union disclosed on their Twitter handle that it “decides to suspend the Republic of Guinea from all AU activities and decision-making bodies”.

The move came after Guinean special forces seized power on Sunday and arrested Conde, who had come under increasing fire for perceived authoritarianism.

The military takeover was condemned on Sunday by AU, the union called for the release of Conde, who became the country’s first democratically elected president in 2010.

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Its decision to suspend Guinea came after a similar move on Wednesday by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which has sent a mission to the country to evaluate the situation there.

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.

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