The African Union (AU) said on Friday it was suspending Guinea after a coup in the West African country that led to the arrest of its president, Alpha Conde.
The move comes after Guinea’s special forces seized power on Sunday and captured Konde, who was under increasing fire for what is believed to be a dictatorship.
The AU on Sunday condemned the military coup and demanded the release of Konde, who became the country’s first democratically elected president in 2010.
The decision to suspend Guinea came on Wednesday in the wake of a move by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which has sent a mission to the country to assess the situation there.
The AU’s Political Affairs, Peace and Security Council said it had called on AU Commission Chairman Musa Faki to “engage with regional stakeholders” in the region.