African Union Peace and Security Council

The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) has urged the AU Commission to implore continental frameworks and normative for stiffer sanctions against unconstitutional changes of government and popular uprisings.

The council said this in a communiqu? on Friday following an open debate on the subject matter with participants comprising more than 40 African ambassadors and permanent representatives to the AU.

Others included envoys from EU, U.S., Russia and other members of the international community.

The debate, which took place on April 29, was part of the activities of the AUPSC for the month, chaired by Nigeria.

The envoys adopted the recommendation of a lead briefing paper delivered by Dr Solomon Dersso, the Senior Researcher on Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis at the Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa.

Dersso had recommended for the constitution of a committee to review the existing norms and legal frameworks to enable the continental body evolve a practicable mechanism to tackle the cases of unconstitutional change of governments.

The communique had cited the crises in Egypt as a case study.

It said that the AU failed to be steadfast in addressing them, aside the suspension it placed on the country following an uprising that led to the overthrow of an elected government of Mohammed Morsi.

It said that the failure of the commission to act strongly against unconstitutional changes of government on the continent was due to inconsistencies, lack of coordinated policy frameworks and support to do so within its powers.

According to the communique, unconstitutional changes of government and popular uprisings were deeply rooted in governance deficiencies, greed, selfishness and mismanagement of diversity.

Others include mismanagement of opportunity, marginalisation, abuse of human rights, refusal to accept electoral defeat, manipulation of constitution and  unconstitutional review of constitution.

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