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

Source: Atlantic Council

Author(s): David A. Wemer

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Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, died after an appearance in a Cairo courtroom on June 17.

Morsi was in a hearing facing espionage charges, reportedly stemming from alleged contacts with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, when he collapsed and later died, according to a report on Egyptian state television.

“While Morsi’s death is a single event, its long-term ramifications will be numerous and far-reaching,” said Jasmine M. El-Gamal, a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Morsi was elected president of Egypt in June 2012 after the country’s longtime ruler, Hosni Mubarak, was forced to resign following weeks of pro-democracy Arab Spring protests.

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