Egypt to be allowed back into African Union

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The African Union is set to readmit Egypt and end it's nearly year-long suspension from the grouping because of the country's military coup, an official said Wednesday.

Egypt was suspended from the 54-member pan-African bloc last July, after former president Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, was ousted by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a coup, AFP reported.

Diplomats said the AU's Peace and Security Council agreed to reinstate Egypt after a meeting late Tuesday, even though the organisation's regulations hold that the governments of member states must be democratically elected.

"The information you have is correct," AU deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha told AFP when asked if Egypt was set to be formally readmitted. AU officials said a formal statement would be released later Wednesday.

Sisi overwhelmingly won last month's election, which was boycotted by Morsi supporters and secular dissidents.

Sisi is Egypt's second elected president since the overthrow of longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak nearly three years ago, which plunged the country into turmoil.

Thousands of Morsi supporters have been jailed since Morsi was ousted and scores of journalists arrested.

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