African Union suspends Madagascar
The African Union on Friday suspended the membership of Madagascar saying the change in government on the Indian Ocean island was "unconstitutional", a senior official said.
"The PSC has decided, according to AU texts, to suspend the participation of Madagascar from bodies and organs of the AU," said Bruno Nongoma Zidouemba, the Burkina Faso ambassador, after chairing a two-hour meeting of the body's Peace and Security Council.
"The council is of the opinion that what occurred in Madagascar is an unconstitutionnal change of government," added the diplomat.
The African bloc's move follows the European Union's branding the takeover a coup d'etat on Thursday and Washington called it "undemocratic".
The new leader of a self-styled transition government, Andry Rajoelina, had earlier suspended parliament.