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EGYPT: Former President Mohamed Morsi has passed away.

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Former president Mohamed Morsi - Photo credit La nouvelle gazette

Victim of a malaise in full court appearance. The news was announced by Egyptian state television this Monday, June 17, 2019. Mohamed Morsi, in detention since 2013, finally died in the hospital at the age of 67 years.

He was the first freely elected president in Egypt’s history in 2012 after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, his predecessor.

A year later, on June 30, 2013, he was overthrown by the ex-army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, currently head of the country. He was criticized for only trying to do the job of Muslim brothers with an inability to restore security and succeed in reviving the economy.

During the detention of Mohamed Morsi, more than 1,400 demonstrators were reportedly killed and more than 15,000 Muslim Brotherhood or sympathizers found themselves in prison. Also note that hundreds of his supporters were sentenced to death in mass trials.

The former president was serving several sentences including a 20-year sentence for ordering the killing of protesters in 2012, and another in perpetuity for spying for Qatar.

One of Mohamed Morsi’s main supporters, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, paid homage to him whom he considers a martyr: “May God grant our martyr, our brother Morsi, his mercy.”