AU to discuss unfreezing Egypt's membership on June 25

The AU froze Egypt's activities on July 5, two days after the army ousted Morsi

AU to discuss unfreezing Egypt's membership on June 25

World Bulletin/News Desk

 The African Union's Peace and Security Council will hold a meeting on June 25 to discuss unfreezing Egypt's membership in the pan-African body, a senior official said.

The 15-member council will meet one day ahead of the African Union summit in Guinea-Bissau to discuss Egypt's membership status in light of the recent presidential elections, Council Commissioner Ismail Chergui told Arab Ambassadors in Ethiopia, the seat of the African Union headquarters, late on Saturday.

According to final but unofficial results, former Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has swept last week's presidential elections.

The presidential vote was the second step in an army-imposed roadmap for Egypt's political transition following the army's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

The Peace and Security Council, the African Union's decision-making body, froze Egypt's activities on July 5, two days after Morsi's unconstitutional overthrow.

Chergui, who was meeting Arab diplomats at the residence of the Kuwaiti ambassador in Addis Ababa, said the high-level committee on Egypt would convene on June 7 to write its report before submitting it to the Peace and Security Council.

Grouping the former presidents of Mali and Botswana and the former premier of Djibouti, the committee paid several visits to Egypt in the past months and met with almost all political players to form an opinion about Egypt's political crisis.

Chergui lauded the Egyptian presidential election as "an important and positive step."

He said the preliminary report of the African Union observers' team had given the thumb-up to the vote.

 

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