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African Union suspends Guinea after coup, as envoys arrive for talks

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Guinea’s ruling military came under diplomatic pressure on Friday as the African Union suspended the country over last weekend’s coup, and West African envoys arrived to mediate in the crisis. Mediators who met ousted president Alpha Condé said he was in good health.

The regional bloc ECOWAS had already suspended Guinea after special forces led by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya seized power on Sunday and arrested Condé.

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On Friday, the African Union (AU) followed suit, tweeting that it had decided “to suspend the Republic of Guinea from all AU activities and decision-making bodies.”

Mediators from ECOWAS — the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States — also landed in the capital Conakry on Friday, AFP journalists saw.

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ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou is part of the delegation, as are the Nigerian, Ghanaian, Burkinabe and Togolese foreign ministers.

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