The African Union (AU) Commission has taken a strong stance against the recent military coup in Niger, announcing the suspension of the country from the pan-African bloc until constitutional order is restored. The decision was reached during a meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the AU Commission. This move comes as a response to the military coup that unfolded on July 26, leading to the ousting of democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum by a faction of military officers.
The AU’s decision, as outlined in their statement, includes the immediate suspension of Niger’s participation in all AU activities, organs, and institutions. The suspension will remain in effect until constitutional order is effectively reinstated in the country. The AU Commission expressed its “unequivocal condemnation” of the military coup and reaffirmed its solidarity with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in their diplomatic efforts to restore constitutional order.
Furthermore, the AU Council emphasized its rejection of any external interference from non-African actors or countries in Africa’s peace and security matters. The decision underscores the AU’s commitment to maintaining stability and upholding democratic principles across the continent.
As Niger navigates this challenging period, the AU’s suspension serves as a clear message that military interventions disrupting constitutional order are not tolerated, and the pan-African community stands united in its dedication to upholding democratic governance and peace in the region.