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The African Union has followed in the footsteps of regional bloc Ecowas and suspended Guinea, as punishment for last Sunday’s military coup.

The AU Political Affairs, Peace and Security department made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Friday morning, confirming the continental bloc would remove Guinea from official business until it returns to constitutional order.

“Council, in accordance with relevant AU instruments, decided to suspend the Republic of Guinea from all AU activities and decision-making bodies and calls on the United Nations Security Council to endorse the final Ecowas Communique and has been also endorsed by the PSC.”

The statement also calls on the AU Commission President, Moussa Faki, to engage with stakeholders in the region with the goal of resolving the Guinean crisis.

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The AU’s decision comes a day after Ecowas suspended Guinea after soldiers from an elite unit within the army arrested President Alpha Conde and dissolved his government.

Pursuit of democracy

The coup leaders, led by Lt. Col. Mamady Doumbouya, accused the deposed President of corruption and nepotism.

The junta has promised to set up a government of national unity to preside over a transition to democracy, but has not given a timeline.

An Ecowas mediation team promised by the heads of State of the regional bloc at an emergency summit held on Wednesday is expected to arrive in Conkary on Friday.

The team is expected to pressure the junta to return the country to civilian rule and release detainees, among them the former President.

Read the original article on Nation.