Thursday, July 4, 2013

African Union to meet on Egypt’s political crisis; could suspend the country’s AU membership

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An African Union official says the continental body will hold a meeting to discuss political events in Egypt, where the country’s democratically leader was ousted by the military.
AU commissioner Lamamra Ramtane told the Associated Press on Thursday that the AU’s peace and security council will meet Friday to deliberate on Egypt’s political crisis.


The AU usually suspends the membership of countries where the military ousts an elected government. Hinting that such a move could be coming, the head of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Wednesday said the body has “a principled position on unconstitutional changes of government.” Dlamini-Zuma had urged Egyptians to hold dialogue to end the crisis within the framework of Egyptian law.
Egypt’s military toppled President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday.
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