The African Union has joined ECOWAS to suspend Niger from all of its institutions and activities and demand the restoration of constitutional order in the country.
The decision follows last month’s coup when military overthrew democratically elected government in the West African country.
AU, in statement issued on Tuesday noted that this will be the position of the bloc until leaders of Niger hand over power to ousted President Mohammed Bazoum.
According to AU, the decision to kick out Niger from the bloc is line with the AU Constitutive Act, and also commended the efforts of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS in ensuring a return to democratic rule in the country.
It said: “The AU commends the efforts of ECOWAS under the leadership of H.E. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and calls on AU Member States to fully implement the sanctions imposed by ECOWAS and endorsed by the PSC and requests the Commission, in consultation with ECOWAS, to regularly inform the Council on the progress being made on the implementation of the imposed sanctions.”
ECOWAS had already kicked Niger out and has imposed series of sanctions on the country, including closure of all land borders and airspace.