The African Union suspends the accession of Guinea after the coup

The African Union announced on Friday that it would suspend Guinea’s membership following the coup in its president, Alpha Condé, was arrested.

“It has been decided to suspend the participation of the Republic of Guinea in all activities of the African Union and its decision-making bodies,” said the African body on Twitter.

On Sunday, the Guinean special forces confirmed the arrest of President Conde and the “dissolution” of state institutions, in a video they directed to an AFP correspondent, while the defense ministry announced that the attack on the presidential residence had been rejected.

One of the coup leaders, in military uniform, he said in the video, released on social without being broadcast on national television: “After the president’s arrest … we decided to dissolve the existing constitution and institutions, and we too decided to dissolve the government and close the land and air borders.”

The coup leaders aired a video of President Conde being arrested, as Conde, sitting on a sofa and wearing jeans and a shirt, refused to answer when asked if he had been mistreated.

Activists on social media they released footage showing Conde surrounded by a group of military personnel.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres then condemned “strongly” in a tweet “any takeover by force of arms” in Guinea. He called for the “immediate release of President Alpha Conde”, explaining that he is closely monitoring the situation in this country.

Paris also condemned the “attempt to take power by force” in Guinea, calling for “the immediate and unconditional release of President (Alpha) Conde”, according to a statement released by the French Foreign Ministry.

The statement states that Paris “joins the appeal of the Economic Community of West African States to condemn the attempt to seize power” on Sunday and “to demand a return to constitutional order”.

The US also condemned the events that took place Sunday in the Guinean capital, Conakry, and the US State Department said in a statement that violence and any extra-constitutional measures will only lead to a decline in the chances of pace, stability and prosperity of Guinea.

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