African Union suspends Niger from membership

The African Union has suspended Niger, which staged a coup a month ago, from membership.

Niger’s army, led by General Tiani, has taken power in a coup against Niger’s elected President Bazoum.

Following this, the African Union announced that it has suspended Niger from membership for an indefinite period.

African Union called for the leaders of the coup to release the elected president, Mohammad Bazum, from prison and return him to his home.

Reuters reports that, the African Union Peace and Security Council has reviewed the decision of the West African communities (ECOWAS) to mobilize a standby force for military intervention.

It has asked the African Union Commission to assess the economic, social and security implications of such a deployment.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced that, it is ready to send troops to Niger if diplomatic efforts to restore constitutional democracy order.

The African Union has called on all member states and the international community to refrain from any action that could legitimize Niger’s military power.

It also emphasized that will not accept the intervention of any actor or country outside of Africa.

The military leaders of Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea, who have previously taken power in coups, have expressed their support for Niger’s military government.


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