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Friday, August 24, 2018

Egypt arrests leading Sisi political opponents - security sources | Reuters


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Egypt arrests leading Sisi political opponents - security sources

CAIRO, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Egyptian authorities arrested three leading opposition figures on Thursday including a former senior diplomat who had called for a referendum on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government, security sources said.

No specific charges had yet been laid against the men, but they were arrested on the orders of Egypt's public prosecutor, the sources said. Egypt's interior ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Egyptian authorities have jailed thousands of Sisi opponents and critics in recent years, including alleged Islamist militants and secular rights activists. The government says its actions are directed at terrorists and saboteurs trying to undermine the state.

The ex-diplomat and former ambassador, Masoum Marzouk, earlier this month called for a referendum on Sisi's government, questioning its popularity in rare public criticism.

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