AU suspends Egypt after Morsi ousting

2013-07-05 13:38
Opponents of Egyptian Islamist President Mohammed Morsi shout slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. (File, AP)

Opponents of Egyptian Islamist President Mohammed Morsi shout slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Addis Ababa - The African Union suspended Egypt from the continental body on Friday after the ousting of president Mohammed Morsi, in line with its strict rules against unconstitutional changes of government.

The AU's Peace and Security "council decided to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restitution of constitutional order", said an official statement.

The AU's Peace and Security "council decided to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restitution of constitutional order", said an official statement.

The pan-African bloc met on Friday at AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital to discuss the political crisis in Egypt, following Morsi's removal by the army on Wednesday.

"The council reiterates the AU's condemnation and rejection of any illegal seizure of power," the statement added.

"The overthrow of the democratically elected president does not conform to the relevant provisions of Egypt's constitution, and therefore falls under the definition of an unconstitutional change of government."

Hope of maintaining AU role

Ahead of the meeting, AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma stressed its "principled position" on such changes of government.

However, Mohamed Edrees, Egyptian ambassador to the AU, said ahead of the decision that "the voice and the call of tens of millions of Egyptians must be heard, understood and respected".

Speaking on Friday before the suspension, Edress said that Egypt wanted to maintain its role in the AU and "continue to take part in this family".

"The military role is to support the people, their role is not to instigate a coup," Edress added.

"Since the start of the Arab spring, it posed a challenge to the instrument of the African Union. The AU, at that time, the council decided that what happened in Egypt was a popular revolution and it dealt with it accordingly."

The bloc has previously suspended members which broke its rule of unconstitutional changes of government, most recently in March when it suspended the Central African Republic after rebels seized power.

Madagascar and Guinea-Bissau are also suspended.

Read more on:    au  |  mohammed morsi  |  nkosazana dlamini-zuma  |  egypt  |  north africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
58 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
When is a mountain more than just a mountain? 2014-12-18 07:26

When it’s an adventure! A group of Old Mutual employees found out how much is enough courage, endurance and camaraderie to take on Africa's highest peak.

/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 2 690 000

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Hermanus

Houses R 2 680 000

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.