The African Union (AU) has suspended Gabon following the takeover of power by the military in the country, days after the conduct of its 2023 presidential election.
Bahdstreetvibes reports that the AU Commission for Political Affairs, Peace and Security during its 1172nd meeting on the developments in Gabon on Thursday reached the decision.
The meeting was chaired by Ambassador Willy Nyamitwe of Burundi.
The Commission held that the country would not benefit or be part of any AU activities until democracy is restored.
The AU official handle on X (formerly Twitter) states: “Council strongly condemns the military takeover of power in the Republic of #Gabon which ousted President Ali Bongo @PresidentABO on 30 August 2023;
“Decides to immediately suspend the participation of Gabon in all activities of the AU, its organs and institutions until the restoration of constitutional order in the country, in line with #AU instruments @ 1172nd #AUPSC Mtg.”
Meanwhile, the junta, in defiance of AU, announced on national television on Thursday that it will swear in General Brice Oligui Nguema as transitional president on Monday.
The junta’s spokesperson Colonel Ulrich Manfoumbi Manfoumbi revealed that the general’s inauguration will be held at the country’s constitutional court.
The junta said Nguema “wishes to reassure all donors, development partners and the state’s creditors that all measures will be taken to guarantee that our country’s commitments, both external and internal, will be respected.”