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AU suspends Egypt

The African Union on Friday suspended Egypt from all its activities.

People celebrate at Tahrir Square with a portrait of Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after a broadcast confirming that the army will temporarily be taking over from the country's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi on3 July,2013 in Cairo. Picture: AFP/Khaled Desouki

ADDIS ABABA - The African Union (AU) on Friday suspended Egypt from all its activities after the Egyptian military overthrew the elected president, Mohamed Mursi, a senior AU official said.

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.