Namibia condemns coup in Egypt

09 July 2013 Author   Staff Reporter

front Egypt 09 julyTHE Government of Namibia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the military coup in Egypt, which removed legitimately elected president Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday last week.

The military removed Morsi following widespread demonstrations by the people of Egypt demanding his resignation and he is now under house arrest.

Namibia’s condemnation of the unconstitutional removal of Morsi follows the suspension of Egypt from all activities of the African Union (AU) last Friday.

“While we recognise the legitimate rights of the people of Egypt as well as their right to freedom of expression and assembly, we believe that those rights must be expressed within the framework of the rule of law of the country,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement issued today.

Namibia called on all recognised political formations in Egypt to “enter into an inclusive dialogue and to establish a roadmap that will restore the constitutional order and democratic governance of the country”.

There has been a surprising international indecision to condemn Morsi’s removal by the military, and the AU is the first international body to have taken a decisive action by suspending Egypt from its activities.

Egypt now joins three other African countries, which have been suspended from the AU namely Guinea Bissau, Madagascar and the Central African Republic for unconstitutionally removing a legitimately elected government.

Egypt has described its suspension from the AU as “regrettable”.

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