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Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Dies

HeadlineJun 18, 2019

In Egypt, former President Mohamed Morsi died Monday after he collapsed in court. He was 67 years old. Morsi came to power as a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2012 in Egypt’s first—and still only—democratic election, but he was deposed a year later in a military coup led by Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. He had been behind bars ever since. The Muslim Brotherhood, which is now banned in Egypt, has accused the Egyptian state of murder. Human Rights Watch said, “The government of Egypt today bears responsibility for his death, given their failure to provide him with adequate medical care or basic prisoner rights.” Morsi’s death comes as President Sisi continues to jail tens of thousands of people in what the Associated Press has described as the heaviest crackdown on dissent in Egypt’s modern history. We’ll have more on this after headlines with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo.

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