African Union suspends Egypt after leaders overthrown

Egyptian Army Forces take measures in front of Cairo University where supporters of President Mohammed Morsi gathered. Credit: ABACA

The African Union (AU) has suspended Egypt from all its activities after the Egyptian military overthrew elected president Mohamed Morsi, a senior AU official told Reuters.

Suspension is the AU's usual response to any interruption of constitutional rule by a member state.

"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," Admore Kambudzi, Secretary of the Peace and Security Council, said after a meeting.