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Egypt to be allowed back into AU

18 June 2014, 15:16

Addis Ababa - The African Union is set to readmit Egypt and end its nearly year-long suspension from the grouping because of the country's military coup, an official said on Wednesday.

Egypt was suspended from the 54-member pan-African bloc last July, after former president Mohammed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, was ousted by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a coup.

Diplomats said the AU's Peace and Security Council agreed to reinstate Egypt after a meeting late on Tuesday, even though the organisation's regulations hold that the governments of member states must be democratically elected.

"The information you have is correct," AU deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha told AFP when asked if Egypt was set to be formally readmitted. AU officials said a formal statement would be released later on Wednesday.

Sisi overwhelmingly won last month's election, which was boycotted by Morsi supporters and secular dissidents.

Sisi is Egypt's second elected president since the overthrow of long-time strongman Hosni Mubarak nearly three years ago, which plunged the country into turmoil.

Thousands of Morsi supporters have been jailed since Morsi was ousted and scores of journalists arrested.



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