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    African Union Suspends Egypt

    Marthe van der Wolf
    The African Union announced Friday that Egypt’s membership has been suspended due to the military action in Cairo that deposed President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the nation's constitution.
     
    The secretary of the African Union Peace and Security Council, Admore Kambudzi, says Egypt is barred from participating in any AU activity.
     
    “The overthrow of the democratic elected president does not conform to the relevant provisions of the Egyptian constitution and is therefore false under the definition of an unconstitutional change of government. The council decides to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restoration of constitutional order.” Kambudzi said.
     
    The military toppled the Morsi government and declared the constitution suspended on Wednesday, saying the president had failed to meet demands of the Egyptian people. Egypt’s top judge was sworn in as the country'sw temporary leader on Thursday.
     
    Egypt's ambassador to the African Union, Mohamed Edrees, defended the military's actions. He told the AU Peace and Security Council Friday there has not been a military coup.
     
    “The military role in this is to support the people. The military did not instigate a coup or impose its own agenda against the will of the Egyptian people, on the contrary. The military supported the agenda of the people [and] the roadmap which was endorsed by the whole broad spectrum of the Egyptian society.” Edrees said.
     
    The African Union says it is planning to send a high-level delegation to Egypt to consult with the ruling authorities and others.
     
    The African Union currently has three other member states on suspended status, all as a result of what are considered ACTIONS CONTRARY TO THEIR NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONS: Madagascar, Central African Republic and Guinea-Bissau.

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    by: azza radwan sedky from: vancouver, BC
    July 07, 2013 1:37 PM
    I hate to tell you that you are siding with a dictator that was destroying Egypt.
    See "A people's coup" http://azzasedky.typepad.com/egypt/2013/07/a-peoples-coup.html
    If you want to side against a country in desperate need of a democracy, then go for it.

    by: Raymond Babcock from: Topeka Ks. 66612
    July 06, 2013 10:07 AM
    they people in egypt did not vote for shria law or the muslim brother hood it is to bad that morisi tried to instill the muslim brotherhood i support the military in egypt

    by: Comrade Democracy
    July 06, 2013 12:08 AM
    Recent past history of Africa leaves much to be desired when it comes to democracy. Coups, military dictatorships are all to prevalent and no amount of "wordsmithing" or hypocrisy will change the facts. Count up those African states where the miltary has been involved in "Democracy Coups" Idi Amin ring a bell? to mention just one

    by: ali baba from: new york
    July 05, 2013 5:09 PM
    African union is a joke. if the military has not intervene, the country will be in civil war and many lives will be lost .the military action is appropriate
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    by: ali baba from: new york
    July 06, 2013 1:59 PM
    first democracy does not exited with Islamic Gov. .since moresy is elected ,Egypt experience a nightmare , the military has to make necessary change to put the situation under control. otherwise ,the country will fall apart. African union has made a poor decision to suspend Egypt
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    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
    July 05, 2013 8:04 PM
    Dear Ali Baba, the Egypt's suspension from African Union is not a joke, what's unacceptable is the overthrow of the democratic elected president. I'm not a fan of Islamic Brotherhood. No one should expect that Mohammed Morsi to turn Egypt into paradise within a year. People elected Morsi into Office and he should be elected out of Office. Military take over is not good enough.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    July 05, 2013 11:44 AM
    Point of correction: there was no coup in Egypt, even if some think otherwise. What happened was a recall of non-performing candidate by his constituency. In civilized and industrial countries of the world, the president would understand when he became unpopular and heed the call to resign. But in African and other third world countries, the only language they understand is force. Even if the only supporters they have is themselves only, no president in Africa will ever heed the call to step down when they become unpopular, when their policies can no longer fascinate the people, or when the people want change in order to try another hand in the constituency. Instead they become demigods and resort to witch hunting and other elimination series to silence the people. Now what happened in Egypt is that the people decided to correct the error made in their inconclusive revolution.

    The army is a bona fide part of the Egyptian society and only helped in getting the incumbent obey the rule of law – even if an unwritten law of common sense that requires no constitutional documentation or a law court to be enforced.

    The African Union members are themselves both culpable and vulnerable to these failures. Without proper consideration they want to alienate Egypt as a safeguard for themselves when they refuse to listen to the yearnings of their own people. They are protecting themselves against legitimate intervention in the affairs of a country whose incumbent leaders are blinded by corruption and fail to deliver on their mandate. The army is part and parcel of the societies so shortchanged by these leaders and to say they should not come to the rescue of the people when the political processes fail is a disservice to / disenfranchisement of the people.

    In civilized countries the army understands this and does not meddle civilian affairs. The checks and balances, including the lively consciences of those entrusted with the affairs of their country make it superfluous to call in the army – for they do not wait for the murmuring to get out of hand before affected officers play the ball. In other words they are good players who know when to play on and when to quit – which is lacking in Egypt, the case study.
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    by: kuku from: Ginchi
    July 06, 2013 10:15 AM
    Nobody could win the game playing out of agreed rules. Thus, no matter strong is your justification for not respecting the rule, you would not be excused. I am not arguing that an incompetent leader should not be ousted, but it should be effected as directed by the constitution. Any act contradicting the constitution might lead to disagreement, confrontation, chaos, bloodshed bla bla..
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    by: Plain Mirror Intl from: Plain Planet-Africa
    July 05, 2013 1:57 PM
    Godwin my brother, accept my warm hand-shake from a distance. The truth is what you have briefly-detailed. Barack Obama told Morsi that there is more to democracy than just been elected. In other words, Morsi does not know the real meaning of democracy and a JUNK man like him had automatically lost legitimacy as a president. The Egypt millitary only defined democracy for him. Shame on Morsi and the so called brotherhood.

    Africa Union should prepare to sanction more of its member states because it is obvious that more of millitary interventions are coming. Democracy is not a ticket to stupidity by the elected officials. For as much as African leaders continue to rubbish the definition of Democracy considering it only to the government by elected representatives and ignoring the other inclusive definition as government of the people, by the people and for the people, then our uniformed men must always be there to define it for them in this same manner whether they like it or not. Bloody civilians in suits and agbada trying to play with uniformed lions, is that not stupidity?

    The will of the people is done in Egypt and that is democracy better defined by the army. Long live Egypt armed forces! long live the people of Egypt!!

    by: Petros Sibanda
    July 05, 2013 10:21 AM
    I dont think Egypt is worried by the AU, when no action was ever taken against an African Government whose 5th Brigade Force, was responsible for the loss of some 20,000 people or Rwanda where a staggering number of people, lost their lives. Please Admore, be more consistent just for once.

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