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African Union suspends Egypt over dethroned President

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The suspension is as a result of what Africa union calls unconstitutional change of Egypt’s government. The decision was taken on Friday during the African Union’s 384th meeting held to deliberate on the situation in Egypt.

“States that the overthrow of the democratically elected President does not conform to the relevant provisions of the Egyptian Constitution and, therefore, falls under the definition of an unconstitutional change of Government as provided for in the instruments,” said a communiqué from the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) sent to ABN Digital.

“Accordingly, and as mandated by the relevant AU instruments, Council decides to suspend the participation of Egypt in the AU’s activities until the restoration of constitutional order.”

The Council said that countries that overthrow democratically elected leaders do not conform to their provisions and constitution, hence the decision to kick out the Arabic country from all of its activities. It reiterated its stance to condemn and rejection of any illegal seizure of power.

“The Council expresses deep concern at the risks the prevailing situation poses for the long-term stability of Egypt and cohesion of its people, with far-reaching national and regional consequences,” it added.

The AU further called on Egyptian stakeholders to embrace the spirit of dialogue and mutual accommodation and to refrain from any acts of violence and retribution.

“Council stresses the obligation of all Egyptian stakeholders to work towards the fulfilment of the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people as embodied in the February 2011 Revolution,” the Communique reads.

Egypt’s military officers ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday, suspended the Constitution and installed an interim government to run the country.