HE Muhammad Morsi Isa al-Ayyat was the first democratically elected president of Egypt after having won 51.7% of the vote in June 2012. But little more than one year later – on July 3, 2013, he was deposed from office and detained by the Egyptian armed forces. The coup followed massive anti-Morsi demonstrations on June 30th, described by the BBC as the largest ever in the history of Egypt. Morsi was a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and became the first President of its Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in 2011. His critics accused him to trying to turn Egypt into an Islamist dictatorship while doing nothing to improve the dire state of Egypt’s economy. Morsi is currently on trial on charges of a prison break and incitement to violence.
Birth: 20 August 1951 (Age: 63)
Source of Influence: Political
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