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AU suspends Niger from Pan-African Bloc

Following the most recent military coup, the African Union (AU), Commission suspended Niger from the pan-African bloc on Tuesday. This suspension will remain in effect until normal constitutional order is restored in the nation.

According to an announcement from the AU, the Peace and Security Council of the AU Commission
decided to suspend Niger from membership during its most recent meeting, which focused on the
circumstances in the nation of western Africa.

The council decided to immediately suspend the participation of Niger in all activities of the AU and its organs and institutions until the effective restoration of constitutional order in the country.
It reiterated its unequivocal condemnation of the military coup that took place on July 26 in Niger,
which resulted in the ousting of democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum by a faction of
military officers.

The council reaffirmed its full solidarity with the efforts of the Economic Community of West African
States (ECOWAS) in its continued commitment to the restoration of constitutional order through
diplomatic means.

The council strongly rejected any external interference by any actor or any country outside the
continent in the peace and security affairs in Africa. It also rejects engagements by private military companies on the continent in line with the 1977 OAU Convention for the Elimination of Mercenarism in Africa, the statement said.

The Organisation of African Unity, OAU, was the predecessor of the AU. It urged the military to place the supreme interests of Niger and its people above all else, to immediately and unconditionally return to the barracks, and to submit to civilian authorities consistent with the
constitution of Niger.

The council also reiterated its deep concern over the resurgence of military coups as they undermine democracy, peace, security, and stability, as well as development on the continent.

Techrectory with Xinhua/NAN

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