The funeral of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will be held on Wednesday, the government said, in what was the first funeral ceremony since his death.
The funeral will be attended by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, as well as several top figures in the Muslim Brotherhood, the party founded by Egypt’s ousted president.
The military-backed government is trying to hold on to power following weeks of protests and clashes in the country, which was once the cradle of Arab democracy.
Egypt’s president, Abdel Fath al-Sissi, speaks during an interview with Reuters news agency in Cairo, Egypt, November 25, 2021.
Sisi has blamed the violence on “terrorism” and “terrorism groups”.
“This event is a way to mourn, it is a solemn occasion,” the presidency said in a statement.
The Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed by the military-installed government and has since been designated a terrorist organisation.
It was founded in 2011 by Mohamed Morsi, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader who was deposed by a military coup in 2013.
Military spokesman General Abdel Fatah al-Samad on Monday denied any involvement in the violence.
“The armed forces have nothing to do with the violent protests that are raging across Egypt,” he said, without elaborating.
Last week, the Muslim Council of Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim body that runs the Muslim world’s most influential Sunni Islamic body, called on Egyptians to resist the “military coup” and call for a “full and democratic” election, which the Brotherhood had hoped would bring about a transition to democracy.
“The military coup is not just a matter of security, but of social, economic and political justice and freedom for all Egyptians,” the council said in the statement.
“We call on the Egyptian people to unite against this military coup and resist the armed forces and their thugs, who are using violence and terror to topple the democratic order in the face of popular demands and the will of the people.”
The statement also called on people to take to the streets on Wednesday to demonstrate against the coup and the removal of the Muslim leader.
The Brotherhood, which has a long history of violence and repression, has long been one of the most violent political forces in Egypt.
It is also the main political party in the US-backed Muslim Brotherhood-led government, which won sweeping elections in Egypt in 2015.
The Brotherhood is now officially outlawed in Egypt, but many of its members still hold key positions in government and the judiciary.
Morsi was overthrown in 2013 after mass protests over his perceived role in the 2011 overthrow of the elected Islamist government led by former president Mohamed Morsi.
He was a close ally of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrew in 2011.