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Erdogan disputes Egypt’s explanation of Morsi’s death

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Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday expressed doubt that deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi died of natural causes this week, according to Bloomberg.

“I don’t believe this is a natural death,” Erdogan said of Morsi, who collapsed in court Monday and died shortly thereafter.

{mosads}“Morsi marched to God during the hearing. Of course, it’s thought provoking whether this was a normal march or were there some other situations here,” Erdogan said in Istanbul during funeral prayers for Morsi.

All central mosques in Turkey held prayers for Morsi, who was deposed in a military coup in 2013. Erdogan was a vocal supporter of Morsi and had been a close ally of the 67-year-old former Muslim Brotherhood leader, the first duly-elected president of Egypt.

Erdogan has been a frequent critic of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who replaced him after the coup.

The Turkish leader also blasted Egyptian officials for quickly burying Morsi in a private ceremony.

“They are so cowardly that they could not even deliver his body to his family,” Erdogan said, according to Al Jazeera.

Turkey’s main opposition leader similarly blasted how Morsi’s burial was handled, according to the news outlet.

“He was buried secretly, in a hurry, in the presence of only his family. I would like to express that I do not find this right in terms of our democracy, culture, beliefs and morals,” Kemal Kilicdaroglu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) said, according to Al-Jazeera.


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