The African Union has rules dealing with democratic procedures, and among the most important rule is to oppose any opposition leader who has the support of most people in his nation because that means the current dictator would be forced from office. The AU believes it is important at all costs to maintain the status quo, naturally, this supports the rulers of the African Union who know they will always receive assistance from the AU when opposing forces threaten to overthrow their dictatorial regime. The AU warned Madagascar’s opposition leader that he had no right to take power in violence that has erupted on the island. Andry Rajoelina, mayor of the capital city of Antananarivo said he was now in power but the president of the nation denied any such event had taken place. In the meantime, hundreds are dead or wounded.
Jean Ping, chairperson of the AU Commission says “it is totally forbidden to take power by non-constitutional means” and his organization will oppose any such action. BUT, President Robert Mugabe lost an election and then voided it in order to hold a new election he could win. According to the AU that is OK. After all, Mugabe is part of the in-group of old buddies in arms.
Hypocrisy is written into the by-laws of the African Union.