How the world reacted to the death of Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi

Egypt's first freely elected president Mohamed Morsi buried in Cairo at dawn with some Morsi family members present, as his son says.

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  • Mohamed Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected president in Egypt’s modern history. 
  • He has been a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood. 
  • Morsi had been in jail since he was toppled by the military in 2013.
  • Mohamed Morsi was buried in Cairo at dawn with some Morsi family members present.
  • World leaders and the Muslim community react to Morsi’s death. 

Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi died at the age of 67 after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges. Morsi had been in jail since he was toppled by the military in 2013. Mass protests against his rule lead to military toppling his government and taking charge, engaging him cases of espionage.

Morsi is celebrated as a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and the first democratically elected president in Egypt’s modern history. People around the world showed their grief and condolences, issuing statements on the sudden death of Morsi.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan blames the ‘tyrants’ for Morsi’s death:

The president of Turkey blamed Egypt’s “tyrants” for the death of Morsi. He said the history will never forget those who are responsible for his death.

“History will never forget those tyrants who led to his death by putting him in jail and threatening him with execution,” Tayyip said.

Morsi was a close friend of Tayyip and an ally. He called the former Egyptian president a “martyr” and expressed his sorrow in a televised speech.

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad Al Thani:

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani offered his condolences to Morsi’s family and also to the Egyptian people.

Translation: “We received with great sorrow the news of the sudden death of former president Dr Mohamed Morsi. I offer my deepest condolences to his family and Egyptian people. We belong to God and to him we shall return”.

United Nations offered condolences to family and supporters:

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric offered condolences to Morsi’s relatives and the supporters of the democratic leader.

Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division:

Executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division, Sarah Leah Whitson, called Morsi’s death terrible yet entirely predictable.

Egypt news says only democratically elected President Morsi has died in prison after stroke. This is terrible but ENTIRELY predictable, given govt failure to allow him adequate medical care, much less family visits. HRW was just finalizing a report on his health.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Sarah said “What we have been documenting for the past several years is the fact that he has been in the worst conditions. Every time he appeared before the judge, he requested private medical care and medical treatment”.

She added that they were aware about his health condition and that he was not being provided with adequate help, food and medicine in jail.


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Morsi’s political allies share grief:

In a joint statement, Amr Darrag, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a minister of planning and international cooperation under Morsi, and Yehia Hamed, a former Egyptian investment minister under Morsi, said that an international inquiry need to be held to investigate Morsi’s dearth. The statement further demanded the results of the inquiry to be made public.

“The first democratically elected President has died through a concerted and active campaign by the Egyptian regime. This is a gross violation of international law. It must not be allowed to stand.”

They blatantly called Morsi’s death as a state-sponsored planned murder as continued denial of access to medical treatment lead to his premature death.

Amnesty International calls for an investigation:

“We call on Egyptian authorities to conduct an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mursi’s death, including his solitary confinement and isolation from the outside world,” the London-based rights group said in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Pakistani leaders pay homage to Morsi:

Pakistani political leaders have also paid homage to Morsi and expressed grief over his death. Maryam Nawaz took to Twitter to share her thoughts, drawing a comparison between how Pakistan and Egypt have faced the same dilemma in terms of democratic rule.

”Egypt’s 1st democratically elected President, charged with ‘espionage’, ’leaking state secrets’& ’insulting the judiciary’. Charges every elected representative faces before being thrown out. It is how you’re remembered & honoured by history& posterity that matters. You win. RIP.” – she said.

Mohammad Sarwar, governor of Punjab, also issued statement on Twitter. 

”I am deeply saddened at death of former Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi. He was not granted right to fair trial & faced political victimisation by military regime. International community, especially Islamic world, must raise voice against it.” – he said.

“Morsi stood tall in the face of all pressures aimed at forcing him to withdraw his struggle for fundamental rights of the people of Egypt and his support to Palestine” – Jamat e Islami’s Siraj ul Haq said. 

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