The African Union (AU) has suspended Gabon following the military junta in the Central African country.
The AU’s Peace and Security Council made the announcement on August 31st, 2023.
The AU suspended Niger Republic’s membership just a few weeks ago after the military took power there at the end of July.
Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea & Sudan have also been suspended since the coups in those countries.
In Brussels, top EU diplomat Josep Borrell said the European Union “rejects any seizure of power by force in Gabon.
The challenges facing Gabon must be resolved in accordance with the principles of the rule of law, constitutional order & democracy.
The country’s peace & prosperity as well as regional stability, depend on it,” Borrell wrote on Thursday in a statement.
He called for “inclusive & substantive dialogue” instead of force to respect the rule of law, human rights & the will of the Gabonese people.
The military had seized power in Gabon early on August 30th, 2023.