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
After decades of repression under Egyptian autocrats, the Brotherhood won a parliamentary election after a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak and his military-backed establishment in 2011.
Mursi was elected to power in 2012 in Egypt's first free presidential election, having been thrown into the race at the last moment by the disqualification on a technicality of millionaire businessman Khairat al-Shater, by far the Brotherhood's preferred choice.
His victory marked a radical break with the military men who had provided every Egyptian leader since the overthrow of the monarchy in 1952.
Mursi promised a moderate Islamist agenda to steer Egypt into a new democratic era where autocracy would be replaced by transparent government that respected human rights and revived the fortunes of a powerful Arab state long in decline.
But the euphoria that greeted the end of an era of presidents who ruled like pharaohs did not last long.
The stocky, bespectacled man, born in 1951 in the dying days of the monarchy, told Egyptians he would deliver an "Egyptian renaissance with an Islamic foundation".
Security sources said the Interior Ministry had declared a state of alert , notably in Mursi's home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta, where the body was expected to be taken for burial.
Mursi had been in court for a hearing on charges of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which had close ties to the Brotherhood.
His body was taken to the Tora prison hospital, state television reported. There was a heavy security presence outside the prison on yesterday night.
His lawyer said Mursi's health had been poor in jail. "We had put in several requests for treatment, some were accepted and others were not," the lawyer, Abdel-Menem Abdel-Maqsood, said.
Mursi was serving a 20-year prison sentence for a conviction arising from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012, and a life sentence in an espionage case. He had denied the charges.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan mourned his fellow Islamist as a martyr.
"Putting doubts aside, he has become a martyr today with the fulfilment of God's order ... Our prayers are with him," Erdogan said.
"Condolences to all my brothers who walked the same path as he did. Condolences to the people of Egypt. Condolences to his family and those close to him."
The Palestinian group Hamas said Mursi had "served Egypt and the (Muslim) nation and the Palestinian cause".
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
US prods Iran for talks to ease Gulf tensions
Qatar attends Arab finance ministers’ meeting
Pledge to give Palestinians $100mn in aid monthly
Yemen rebel attack on Saudi airport kills 1, wounds 7
Sudan court orders company to end military-ordered internet blackout
Palestinians don't need Bahrain meeting, they need peace - finance minister
Syria regime air strikes kill 5 civilians
Mauritania votes for a new leader amid opposition fears
Iran warns US attack would imperil interests across region