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African Union suspends Guinea’s membership over military coup

Move comes after military ousted, detained President Alpha Conde last Sunday

Addis Getachew   | 10.09.2021
African Union suspends Guinea’s membership over military coup

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

The African Union (AU) on Friday announced the suspension of Guinea’s membership in the bloc after the military ousted President Alpha Conde last Sunday.

In a Twitter post, the African Union Political Affairs Peace and Security said that the country has been suspended from all AU activities and decision-making bodies.

It also called on AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki to engage with all shareholders in the region.

Conde, 83, was deposed and detained on Sept. 5 by soldiers led by army Col. Mamadi Doumbouya, who announced the takeover on state television and the dissolution of the National Assembly and constitution.

He was re-elected for a third term in October 2020 in polls marred by violence.

He first came to power in 2010 in a vote seen as the first democratic election since the former French colony gained independence.

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