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AU hosts forum to address rising number of coups in Africa

ADDIS ABABA (XINHUA) – The African Union (AU) has convened a high-level continental forum on unconstitutional changes of government in Africa, focussing on finding solutions in addressing the resurgence of unconstitutional changes of government in Africa.

The Reflection Forum on Unconstitutional Changes of Government, which was held from March 15 to 17 in Accra, Ghana’s capital, envisaged continental response for the resurgence of unconstitutional changes of government in Africa, shared perspective on Africa’s governance deficits, the AU said in a statement on Thursday.

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said while addressing the forum that “coups have never been and will never be the solution to Africa’s problems”, as he emphasised the need for effective deterrence, bold actions and adequate preventive measures.

“This Forum offers a platform to engage in deliberations on a disturbing development on the continent – unconstitutional changes in governments in Africa,” the AU statement quoted Akufo-Addo as saying.

AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Bankole Adeoye underscored that the high-level forum will have an eye on some of the aspirations of the AU’s 50-year continental development Agenda 2063.

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