African Union may suspend Egypt over Morsi ouster

The African Union has warned that it may suspend Egypt over a violation of constitutional rule by its army that led to the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
Adli Mansour, Egypt’s chief justice and head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, is applauded by other judges after his swearing in ceremony as the interim president of Egypt, Cairo, July 4, 2013.
Adli Mansour, Egypt’s chief justice and head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, is applauded by other judges after his swearing in ceremony as the interim president of Egypt, Cairo, July 4, 2013.

The African Union Peace and Security Council announced Thursday that officials will convene on Friday to discuss the situation in Egypt, and then take the required action for the possible suspension of Egypt.

African Union leader Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the Egyptian army’s removal of Morsi “was in violation of the provisions of the Egyptian constitution and falls under the AU doctrine on unconstitutional changes of government.”

Dlamini-Zuma urged Egyptians to follow the Egyptian law and engage in dialogue in order to end the political crisis.

The African Union statement was echoed by other African leaders including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who said, “What is happening currently in Egypt is indeed a matter of grave concern not just to us in Africa, but should be a matter of great concern to any true believer of a democratic process.”

On July 3, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of Egypt’s army, announced that President Morsi was no longer in office.

The chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was sworn in as interim president of Egypt on July 4.

The African Union also suspended the Central African Republic in March after militants loyal to Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia overthrew the government.

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