African Union suspends Gabon's membership due to coup

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The African Union (AU) reacted to the military coup in the Central African country of Gabon. The Union announced the suspension of Gabon's membership. The AU also stated that they strongly condemned the arrest and dismissal of President Ali Bongo.

African Union suspends Gabon's membership due to coup

The military coup in Gabon after Niger mobilized the African Union (AU). In the statement made by the Union, it was announced that the membership of Gabon, the Central African country where the soldiers took over the administration, was suspended.

In the written statement of the AU, it was reported that Gabon has suspended all activities in the union for an indefinite period. The soldiers who carried out a coup against the 14-year Ali Bongo administration in Gabon announced that the state institutions in the country were dissolved and the country's borders were closed until further notice.

In a statement announcing the suspension of Gabon's membership, the Union also expressed its strong condemnation of the arrest and removal of President Ali Bongo.


In the Central African country of Gabon, a group of soldiers who appeared on the national channel early in the morning announced that they had taken over the administration with the coup declaration they read. The soldiers, who called themselves the "Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI)", announced that the elections held on August 26, were canceled and the country's borders were closed.

Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has held the presidency for 14 years, was announced to have won the elections held on August 26 for the third time.

In the last hours of the voting process in the country, a curfew was imposed on the grounds of "violence", and the internet was restricted while the vote-counting process continued after the election. Father Omar Bongo came to power for the first time in 1967, and when he died in 2009, his son Ali Bongo took his seat. The Bongo family had ruled Gabon for 56 years.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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