What Happened: Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was quietly buried at night in eastern Cairo hours after he died during a court hearing on June 17, the BBC reported June 18. The Muslim Brotherhood called for protests outside Egyptian embassies around the world and for supporters to gather for a mass funeral. Some critics objected to the break with the Egyptian tradition of daytime funerals. Meanwhile, Egypt blocked Turkish-based broadcaster TRT after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke out about Morsi's death.
Why It Matters: Morsi's death could create disruptions in Egypt, and at its embassies abroad, especially if the Muslim Brotherhood or its supporters protest. Cairo will crack down against any signs of support for Morsi, something that could have follow-on effects on businesses, like the shutdown of TRT.
Background/Context: Morsi, who was deposed in a coup led by current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2013, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a staunch advocate of political Islam which has played a prominent part in society and politics throughout the Sunni Arab world for more than 90 years. While many of the Islamist groups it has inspired have a clear link to the original Egyptian Brotherhood, others do not. After years of political chaos since the Arab Spring and the return of the military to power, Egypt's internal politics have stabilized.
- Charting the Muslim Brotherhood's Influence (May 31, 2019)
- After a Challenging Decade, Egypt Resumes Its Regional Role (Feb. 7, 2019)