Coup: AU ‘Suspends’ Gabon With Immediate Effect

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African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, center, attends a meeting

The African Union on Thursday announced the suspension with immediate effect of Gabon, where soldiers overthrew President Ali Bongo Ondimba on Wednesday.

The continental organisation “strongly condemned the take-over of power by the military in the Republic of Gabon”, announced the AU in a press release published on X (formerly Twitter).

The organisation’s Peace and Security Council, in the press release “decides to immediately suspend Gabon’s participation in all activities of the AU, its organs and institutions”.

The meeting was chaired by the Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union, Nigerian Bankole Adeoye, and the current holder of the rotating presidency of the council, Burundian Willy Nyamitwe.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union commission, on Wednesday, “strongly” condemned what he described as “the attempted coup” in the oil-rich central African country, Gabon. which had been run for over 55 years by the Bongo family.

Putschist soldiers announced on Wednesday that they had “put an end to the regime in place” in Gabon and had placed President Ali Bongo Ondimba, in power for 14 years, under house arrest, just after the official announcement of his victory in the presidential election held on Saturday.

Moussa Faki Mahamat also called on the Gabonese army and security forces “to guarantee the physical integrity” of Ali Bongo Ondimba.

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