Egypt returns to AU after poll results: Official

The African Union froze Egypt's membership last July after the army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi

Egypt returns to AU after poll results: Official

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt will resume its activities in the African Union after the announcement of its presidential election results, an African official said Sunday.

Mohamed Lemine Ould Guig, the head of an African Union election observation mission, cited preparations for Egypt to retain its position in the pan-African body after the presidential election, which kicks off Monday.

He expressed hope things would move in that direction.

Guig, the former prime minister of Mauritania, met earlier today with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi.

The African Union had frozen Egypt's membership last July after the army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi.

The Union's Peace and Security Council said the measure was standard procedure in the case of unconstitutional regime change.

Guig said election transparency would contribute to Egypt's quick return to the African fold.

He added that the African mission will hold a press conference on Wednesday to brief the media about its observations on the electoral process as a whole.

Guig added that African observers would file a report about Egypt's presidential election within two months.

Two candidates are competing in Egypt's presidential election, namely resigned defense minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi.

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