African Union suspends Egypt after military overthrow of democratically elected president

The African Union (AU) has suspended Egypt from all activities following the overthrow of the government, a senior official has said.

The 54- member AU has a policy to suspend any country where the military removes a democratically elected leader from its membership. President Mohammed Morsi was removed from the office by the Army on Wednesday after mass protests against his government.

“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,” Aljazeera quotes Admore Kambudzi, Secretary of the Peace and Security Council of AU, said after a meeting on Friday.

Tens of thousands of pro-Morsi protesters are protesting around Egypt with three of them reportedly killed by soldiers. The deposed president is currently being detained by the military.

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