Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Friday condemned the coup attempt in the West African state of Guinea Bissau, saying it will not accept any unconstitutional change of government.
In a statement issued in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping said the coup attempt could only abort the planned runoff, scheduled for 29 April, hence is totally unacceptable to the AU.
“The Chairperson of the Commission stresses that the AU will not accept any unconstitutional seizure of power and attempt at undermining the democratic process in Guinea Bissau,” the statement said.
The 54-member AU warned the military in Guinea Bissau to stop “the political assassination and unconstitutional changes of government”.
Since Thursday, Bissau, the nation's capital, has been rocked by explosions and the military has sealed off the city centre and thrown grenades at the Prime Minister's home.
The sub-regional bloc ECOWAS has also condemned the coup attempt, which its calls ''irresponsible''.
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