African Union suspends Egypt's membership after military coup

The African Union has suspended Egypt's membership after the military takeover which toppled elected President Mursi's government and suspended the constitution.

African Union suspends Egypt's membership after military coup

World Bulletin/News Desk

The African Union has suspended Egypt's membership after the military takeover which toppled elected President Mursi's government and suspended the constitution. 

"As mandated by the relevant AU instruments, the African Union Peace and Security Council decides to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restoration of constitutional order," said Admore Kambudzi, secretary of the council.

Suspension is the AU's usual response to any interruption of constitutional rule by a member state.

The African Union had expressed that it was likely to suspend Egypt from all its activities after the Egyptian military suspended the constitution and overthrew the elected president, Mohamed Mursi, a senior AU source said on Thursday.

The source, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters that members of the AU's peace and security council would meet on Friday and were likely to implement the AU's usual response to any interruption of constitutional rule by a member state.

"The belief is that the doctrine will be applied, which is suspension for any country where an unconstitutional change has taken place," he said.

Last Mod: 05 Temmuz 2013, 16:17
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