Egypt frees ex-army chief arrested after challenging President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in presidential poll

Egypt has released from jail a former military chief of staff arrested in 2018 after he tried to challenge President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a presidential poll, a senior official said. “General Sami Anan has been set free,” the official told a news agency on condition of anonymity.

Military had said Anan’s announcement constituted “direct incitement against the armed forces with the intent of causing a rift between it and the great Egyptian people”. Following his arrest, a military court imposed a media blackout concerning Anan and the proceedings against him.

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