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AU urges swift return to democracy in coup-hit Gabon, Niger

The AU urged all political, civil and military actors in the two countries to give priority to peaceful political avenues.

• October 25, 2023
Gabon and Niger coupists
Gabon and Niger coupists

The African Union has reiterated its call for a swift return to constitutional order in Gabon and Niger following the recent military coups in the two countries.

The AU Peace and Security Council made the call in an update via social media following its latest meeting that dwelt upon the situation in the two African countries.

“The council reaffirmed zero-tolerance for unconstitutional change of government and renewed its call for a swift return to constitutional order in both states,” the AU peace and security department said.

The council further urged “a clear and time-bound transition period timetable” towards a return to civilian rule in both countries.

Regarding the situation in Niger, the council reiterated its demand for an immediate release of President Mohamed Bazoum and all other detainees and respect for their human rights, including the protection of their physical health and moral integrity.

On July 26, the military in Niger detained Bazoum and chose Abdourahamane Tchiani, former leader of the country’s presidential guard, to lead the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland.

On August 30, Brice Oligui Nguema, commander-in-chief of the Gabonese Republican Guard, was named as the transitional leader of the Central African country following a coup.

After the military coups, the AU Commission suspended both Niger and Gabon from the pan-African bloc until normal constitutional order is restored in the two countries.

The AU urged all political, civil and military actors in the two countries to give priority to peaceful political avenues. 


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