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Mursi, Who Ruled Egypt Between Two Revolts, Dies in Court

  • Former leader languished for years in prison after 2013 ouster
  • His short presidency was marked by polarization and violence
Mohamed Mursi
Mohamed Mursi

Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

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Mohamed Mursi, a bespectacled Muslim Brotherhood foot-soldier elevated from obscurity to become Egypt’s first freely elected civilian president, has died. He was 67.

Incarcerated since his ouster in 2013, Mursi collapsed and died during a trial that sought to cast elements of the popular revolt that brought him to power as a foreign conspiracy. His death in a court room, defending his record, symbolized the grubby end of the spirit of change briefly ignited by the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.