The Central African regional bloc, known as ECCAS, says it has suspended Gabon’s membership in response to last week’s coup.
Earlier on Monday the coup leader, Gen Brice Oligui Nguema, was sworn in as transitional president.
He seized power just after Ali Bongo was declared to have won a third term as president. He has not given a time frame for returning the country to civilian rule.
As leaders from central Africa sat around the table and decided to suspend Gabon because of the coup, there may have been a few moments of self-reflection.