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Egypt frees ex-diplomat who called for referendum on Sisi

Sisi's government has rolled back many of the freedoms won in 2011 [Getty]

Date of publication: 26 May, 2019

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Masoum Marzouk was arrested in August 2018, shortly after calling for a referendum and a 'popular conference' in Tahrir Square - the epicenter of the 2011 uprising.
A former diplomat who called for a referendum on Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's government has been released from jail.

Masoum Marzouk, was released earlier this week along with four activists, his lawyer Khaled Ali said. 

Marzouk was arrested in August 2018, shortly after calling for a referendum and a "popular conference" in Tahrir Square - epicenter of the 2011 uprising - if the government rejected his proposal.

Sisi's government has rolled back many of the freedoms won in 2011, banning unauthorised protests and jailing thousands of people since 2013.

Sisi was re-elected in March 2018 after all serious challengers were either arrested or pressured into leaving the race.

Marzouk was released on Thursday, pending an investigation into terror-related charges.

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