African leaders meeting at AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa are expected to vote on whether to deploy peacekeeping troops in troubled Burundi. The country’s president, who is not attending the summit, opposes the mission.
An ICC spokesman has confirmed that Burundi's pullout took effect on Friday, a year after the country notified the court of its intention to leave. Some African nations feel the ICC focuses too much on the continent.
The African Union has said it will withdraw troops battling Islamist militants from Somalia. The mission to help secure the country has faced funding shortfalls.
In a summit on Monday, the African Union will vote for a new commission chair and deliberate Morocco's bid to rejoin the bloc. Analysts say countries' alignment to their regional blocs will impact the voting process.
African Union (AU) leaders have backed a strategy for a collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). But it seems that many countries have reservations and that very little will change for now.
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