Africans to meet over Egypt, likely to suspend Cairo

The African Union will meet Friday to discuss the crisis in Egypt, with delegates seen likely to suspend Cairo in line with strict rules against unconstitutional changes of government, officials said.

The pan-African bloc's Peace and Security Council will meet Friday morning at AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital to discuss the ousting of president Mohamed Morsi, the organisation said on Thursday.

The meeting's announcement came after AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma stressed its "principled position on unconstitutional changes of government".

Dlamini-Zuma, in a statement late Wednesday, added that she "is particularly concerned about the tension prevailing in the country, and the risks that this situation poses to stability and security in Egypt".

The bloc has previously suspended members who broke its rule of unconstitutional changes of government, most recently in March when it suspended the Central African Republic after rebels seized power.