12 Jul 2013 11:19

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 6 (Bernama) -- African Union's Peace and Security Council on Friday suspended Egypt from all activities in the continental body following the deposition of the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi by the army, said an AU statement.

This decision is AU's usual response to any unconstitutional change of power in any Member State, Algeria Press Service (APS) reported.

"The Council has decided to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restoration of constitutional order," Secretary of AU Peace and Security Council Admore Kambudzi told the press after a three-hour meeting of the Council.

"Overthrow of the democratic elected president does not conform to the relevant provisions of the Egyptian constitution and is therefore falls under the definition of unconstitutional change of power," Kambudzi said.

Egypt's Ambassador to AU Mohamed Edrees tried to convince the Peace and Security Council not to suspend his country, saying that "the military did not instigate a coup but it only responded to the Egyptian people's call," adding that the overthrow of Morsi is only the continuation of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarek in February 2011."