Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s First Democratically Elected President, Dies

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Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, died in an Egyptian courtroom on Monday, Egyptian state television reported.

Mr. Morsi, 67, won Egypt’s first free presidential election in 2012, but was removed from power a year later in a military takeover.

He was on trial on espionage charges when he fainted and died, Egyptian television said.

Mr. Morsi, a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was elected in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprising. The Brotherhood, a 90-year-old Islamist movement, was founded in Egypt.

After Mr. Morsi was ousted in 2013, he was convicted of various crimes in politicized trials held under the new military-backed government. He has remained in prison since then.

The new government also outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood, calling it a terrorist group.


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