Officials and dignitaries from around the have responded to the death of Egypt’s only democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi who died in court on Monday.
Morsi, 67, a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood was Morsi, a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood who became Egypt’s first freely elected president in 2012 a year after the Egyptian revolution brought about the end of Hosni Mubarak’s three decades as dictator.
However, he was overthrown by the army after mass protests against this rule. Imprisoned since he was toppled by the military in 2013, collapsed in a cage during a court session on Monday and died shortly afterwards, Egypt’s public prosecutor said.
Responses from around the world have varied, from expressions of sorrow, criticisms and anger.
Morsi’s son confirmed the death of his father in a simple Facebook post:
“We will meet in the presence of God.”
— Noor Al Hussein (@QueenNoor) June 17, 2019
Similarly, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani the ruler of Qatar offered his condolences to Morsi’s family and Egyptian people:
“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.”
Qatar strongly backs the Muslim Brotherhood, which since Morsi’s fall has been outlawed in Egypt with many of its leading figures imprisoned.
تلقينا ببالغ الأسى نبأ الوفاة المفاجئة للرئيس السابق الدكتور محمد مرسي .. أتقدم إلى عائلته وإلى الشعب المصري الشقيق بخالص العزاء.. إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون
— تميم بن حمد (@TamimBinHamad) June 17, 2019
Turkish president Recep Erdogan hailed Morsi’s role as a democratic leader: “I learned the news of the death of my brother Mohammed Morsi, the first President of Egypt to take office after a democratic election. I wish God’s mercy on to the martyr Mohammed Morsi, who took part in one of the greatest democratic struggles in history.”
Mısır'ın demokratik seçimle göreve gelen ilk Cumhurbaşkanı, kardeşim Muhammed Mursi'nin vefat ettiği haberini teessürle öğrendim.
Tarihin en büyük demokrasi mücadelelerinden birini veren Şehit Muhammed Mursi'ye Allah'tan rahmet diliyorum. pic.twitter.com/ThYW7CW19B
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) June 17, 2019
Crispin Blunt a British MP has criticised the conditions of Morsi’s incarceration in an interview with the BBC:
“We want to understand whether there was any change in his conditions since we reported in March 2018, and if he continued to be held in the conditions we found, then I’m afraid the Egyptian government are likely to be responsible for his premature death,”