Bloomberg Businessweek quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the African Union’s peacekeeping efforts in South Sudan:

The African Union should have brought greater pressure to bear on Kiir, who “fabricated” the attempted coup and has used authoritarian methods to “eliminate the opposition,” said Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council.

“It was the constitutional government staging a coup against itself,” he said in a phone interview from Washington yesterday. The bloc should have “unambiguously” called for the release of the political detainees as the U.S., UN and European Union did, he said.

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