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Turkey: Erdogan condemns Egypt death penalty ruling against ousted Mursi

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By Euronews
Turkey: Erdogan condemns Egypt death penalty ruling against ousted Mursi

<p>An Egyptian court’s decision to seek the death penalty for ousted Mohamed Mursi has been condemned by Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.</p> <p>The Turkish president’s governing AK Party has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood of Mursi – Egypt’s first democratically elected president.</p> <p>“The popularly elected president of Egypt, picked with 52 percent of the vote, has unfortunately been sentenced to death,” Erdogan told a rally in Istanbul, accusing those currently in charge in Cairo of stamping out freedom.</p> <p>“Egypt is turning into old Egypt,” he said.</p> <p>“The West, unfortunately, is still turning a blind eye to Sisi’s coup.”</p> <p>“While the West abolished the death penalty in their own countries, they just look on without taking any action against this execution in Egypt.” </p> <p>Ties between Egypt and Turkey, two former allies, have been strained since then Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled elected President Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.</p>