CAIRO: The African Union has not taken a position regarding Egypt’s presidential elections, claimed Ambassador Badr Abdel Atty, the spokesperson of Egypt’s Foreign Ministry Tuesday.
Abdel Atty ‘s statements came following a recommendation issued by the chairperson of the A.U. Peace and Security Council Paul Lolo Polis, calling the A.U. not to send a delegation to monitor the coming presidential elections.
The Nigerian diplomat said in a statement Monday that he submitted his advice not to participate in supervising the coming elections due to the decision taken by former Minister of Defense Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi to run for president. He said, “The decision violates the AU charter.”
The statement contradicts with statements issued by Konary during his recent visit to Cairo. The former Malian President said, “The Egyptian experience should push the A.U. to review its charter to take into account popular revolutions.”
According to Youm7, Abdel Atty said, “The African organization waits the report scheduled to be submitted by the African delegations that visited Egypt recently over the results of their recent visit to Cairo.”
The A.U. delegation headed by Mali’s former President Alpha Omar Konary visited Egypt on April 6 to follow the recent developments regarding the execution of the roadmap. During the visit, Konary said that the African delegation was “convinced” that what happened in Egypt on June 30 was not a military coup.
The African Union suspended Egypt as a member after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. The decision came to express the union’s refusal of the step, which it described as unconstitutional.