African Union suspends Egypt over president’s ouster
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African Union suspends Egypt over president’s ouster

Commission head says military’s removal of Morsi was unconstitutional change of government

Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hold a large Egyptian national flag during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Hassan Ammar)
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hold a large Egyptian national flag during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Hassan Ammar)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union is suspending Egypt from membership in the continental body after the military ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

AU Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told a news conference Friday that the removal of Morsi on Wednesday falls under the AU doctrine on unconstitutional changes of government.

AU officials decided Friday to block Egypt from all activities of the continental body until constitutional order is restored in the nation.

The decision was taken after deliberations by the AU’s peace and security council earlier Friday.

The AU usually suspends the membership of countries where the military ousts an elected government.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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