African Union suspends Niger Republic over coup

The African Union, AU, has suspended Niger Republic, following the military take of power in that country.

The junta toppled elected President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26.

AU on Tuesday said it was suspending Niger from its ranks.

General Abdourahamane Tiani, Niger Republic coup leader

AU, however, did not agree on Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, propose intervention in that country following strong differences among its members.

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The AU said its Peace and Security Council had asked the body’s commission to carry out “an assessment of the economic, social and security implications” of deploying the force, and report back.

ECOWAS had imposed trade sanctions on Niger and approved deployment of a “standby force to restore constitutional order” in Niamey.

The body is hazy about the plan in detail but insists it would intervene if attempts at a diplomatic solution ultimately fail.

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