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Gwynne Dyer: Egyptians who turfed Morsi were all too willing to sacrifice democracy

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23.06.2019

Egypt's first and last democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, died last Monday, lying on the floor of the courtroom where they were trying him on yet more charges. (He was already serving several life sentences.) It was probably a heart attack, but according to witnesses they left him lying there for 20 minutes before medical help arrived.

He was only 67, but he was not in good health: he had both diabetes and liver disease. But he was not getting proper treatment for those illnesses: a British parliamentary group that investigated his situation at his family's request last year concluded that without urgent medical assistance the damage to his health could be "permanent and possibly terminal." Well, it was.

Morsi was not a very good president: he was a narrow, stubborn man who governed solely in the interests of his own Muslim Brotherhood party and its Islamic priorities. He behaved like this even though he had barely scraped into the presidency with the votes of many who, though secular in their views and values,........

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