African Union suspends Gabon’s membership after military coup

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By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) – The African Union on Thursday suspended Gabon’s membership one day after military officers ousted President Ali Bongo, the first regional response to the eighth coup in West and Central Africa since 2020. The takeover ends the Bongo family dynasty’s almost six decades in power and creates a new conundrum for a region hit with a wave of coups that Nigerian President Bola Tinubu called a “contagion of autocracy”. Like other juntas who have snatched power in the region, Gabon’s military leaders are seeking to consolidate power despite internatio…

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