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African Union (AU) suspends Guinea following .

Guinea was suspended by the African Union on Friday following a in which the country’s president, Alpha Conde, was detained.

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“decides to suspend the Republic of Guinea from all AU activities and decision-making bodies” the pan-African body said on Twitter.

Guinean special forces seized power on Sunday and detained Conde, who had come under increasing criticism for his alleged authoritarianism.

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On Sunday, the African Union condemned the military coup and demanded Conde’s release. Conde was the country’s first democratically elected president in 2010.

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Guinea was suspended after the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) took a similar step on Wednesday, sending a mission to the country to assess the situation.

The African Union’s Political Affairs, Peace and Security Council urged AU Commission President Moussa Faki to “engage with stakeholders in the region” on the crisis.

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