In a letter to supporters on Wednesday night, ousted president Mohamed Morsi urged Egyptians to resist the “coup government” in the face of former military chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s upcoming inauguration.
Morsi, who has been detained since his military-backed ouster on 3 July 2013, said he “spared no effort to fight corruption and criminality through legal procedures and revolutionary actions”.
The statement was published on Wednesday evening and said that last week’s presidential elections were met with “deafening silence” due to those who had declared a boycott of the poll.
The former president added: “All free nations have not recognised this criminal coup regime because of the continuing revolution of Egyptians and their commitment to its innovative peacefulness.”
The Muslim Brotherhood also released a statement on Wednesday, saying Al-Sisi’s election victory “will not change the fact of the coup, and it is known that it is build on falsehood and illegitimacy”.
Morsi is facing a litany of charges in at least four separate court cases, including inciting the killing of protesters, espionage, participating in a prison break and insulting the judiciary.
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Anti-Coup Alliance, backed by the former and other groups opposed to Morsi’soverthrow, have reiterated their belief that Morsi is Egypt’s “legitimate president” and boycotted January’s constitutional referendum and last week’s presidential elections.