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Egypt's First Democratically-Elected President, Mohamed Morsi, Has Been Laid to Rest

The former statesman has been buried alongside other figures of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Yesterday, former President Mohamed Morsi suffered a fatal heart attack in a Cairo court while he was on trial for espionage charges. Morsi was the first head-of-state to be democratically elected in Egypt's modern history following President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. However, he was eventually ousted by the military in 2013 after continuous protests calling for him to step down.


Whilst many are not particularly aggrieved by the death of Morsi following his involvement in the killings of protesters in 2012, others have accused Egyptian authorities and current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of his death.

Morsi, who was facing six more trials and serving a 20-year sentence, was reportedly denied medical care and kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day—torture, under UN guidelines. Morsi's history of diabetes, kidney and liver disease coupled with the poor conditions of prison, are said to have brought about what the Independent Detention Review Panel predicted would be a "premature death". The panel added that, "The denial of basic medical treatment to which he is entitled could lead to his premature death...The whole overseeing chain of command up to the current president would have responsibility for this."

In the wake of Morsi's death, there have been renewed calls to investigate Egypt's treatment of political detainees.

The now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, the oldest political Islamist group in the Arab world and the organisation to which Morsi belonged, referred to his death as a "full-fledged murder". Morsi was reportedly buried next to other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood according to a statement released by his son, Abdullah Mohamed Morsi, on social media.

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Zimbabwe's Nelson Chamisa Removed As Leader of Main Opposition Party

The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe has ruled that Nelson Chamisa is the 'illegitimate' leader of the MDC and has removed him from the position.

Nelson Chamisa has been removed as the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), according to the BBC.

The Zimbabwean Supreme Court ruled that Chamisa is the "illegitimate" leader of the main opposition party and has legally returned him to the position he held back 2015 of Secretary for Policy. Thokozane Kupe will now reportedly assume legitimate leadership of the political party, My Zimbabwe reports.

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Passes Away

The former Egyptian president, who was ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring Uprising, was aged 91.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak passed away yesterday according to reports by the BBC.

The former statesman's death comes barely a year after his successor and Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi, suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.

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6 South African Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to.

South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it looks like the period might just get extended. If you are one of those whose work can't be done from home, then you must have a lot of time in your hands. Below, we recommend six South African podcasts you can occupy yourself with and get empowered, entertained and informed.


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