A military coup overthrew Egypt’s first democratically elected president.
Egypt on Monday in Addis Ababa faulted the African Union, AU, for suspending Cairo from the Union’s activities, following alleged unconstitutional change of government.
Gen. Abdul-Fatah Al-Sisi removed the President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, on July 3 and suspended the Egyptian constitution after the opposition protested and called for his removal, one year after he was elected president.
The Military after removing Mr. Morsi declared Adly Mansour as the country’s Interim President, while Mr. Morsi was put under house arrest alongside some senior leaders of his backers, the Muslim Brotherhood.
The announcement of Mr. Morsi’s removal has been followed by demonstrations and clashes between supporters and opponents of the coup throughout Egypt to date. Tens of thousands of supporters of the ousted president have vowed not to stop their peaceful protest until Mr. Morsi is released and re-instated.
Mona Umar, who led the Egyptian delegation, told the AU Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma that: “I came as a Special Envoy of the Interim President to the AU taking into consideration the important decision of the AU which suspended Egypt from activities of the Union as an active member of the family.
“We attach a great importance to this organisation as one of its founding members.
“We came just to say that we are concerned and that we regret the decision taken by the AU Peace and Security Council on the situation in Egypt because. It is based on a kind of misunderstanding of the real situation in Egypt”.
“So we came to explain and to say that the revolution that took place in Egypt was a popular appraisal of the wishes of the people, nothing such as unconstitutional change of government took place in Egypt and we expect our brothers and sisters in AU to really support us.
“We don’t have a problem of welcoming the panel that is supposed to come to Egypt but we are saying that we want to make sure that the mandate given to this panel is restricted to gathering information about the situation in Egypt and then coming back here to present the information to the Security Council.”
She said the delegation and Ms. Zuma had a very positive discussion hoping that may be in the next few weeks “we will be back again here to receive the announcement that Egypt is resuming its participation in the activities of the AU.
On her part, Ms. Zuma at a news briefing after the meeting said they had “constructive discussion with the delegation and have agreed to send a panel to Cairo to meet with everybody and that the panel on return would inform the AU Commission about what is going on.”
Ms. Zuma announced the appointment of the AU High-Level Panel for Egypt consisting of Alpha Konaré, a former President of the Republic of Mali and former Chairperson of the AU Commission, as the Chairman of the Panel.
Others are Festus Gontebanye Mogae, former President of the Republic of Botswana; and Dileita Mohamed Dileita, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Djibouti.
The panel is to be assisted by a group of experts.
“We have reached an understanding that they will go there and meet with all parties and return to inform the Peace and Security Council and we will take it from there,” Ms. Zuma said.
She said the Commission is keen to see that Egypt returns soon to the AU family as active member.
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