Africa "bids farewell" to coup d'états

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Africa has entered a new era and in the words of the President of Namibia has said farewell to the "days of coup d'états".

President Hage Geingob was speaking at the UN General Assembly on the second day of the annual high-level debate.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

President Geingob said the African continent was now focused on addressing the newly agreed global goals for sustainable development.

He added that those targets will help to create what he called the "new Africa."

And he said that there was no longer any acceptance of leaders seizing power illegally.

"Africa has turned a new leaf, bidding farewell to the days of coup d'états and embracing electoral democracy. We as Africans, through the African Union, have ostracized those who come to office through unlawful ways. The recent coup in Burkina Faso is an example of our zero tolerance policy towards those who come to power through illegal ways."

President Hage Geingob was sworn in earlier this year.

He belongs to the SWAPO party, which has remained in power since Namibia won independence from South Africa in 1990.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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