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Egypt revokes 52 Mursi-era pardons

Egypt’s interim president has revoked amnesties for 52 people pardoned by ousted president Mohamed Mursi, state media reported, including Islamists affiliated with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, pardoned a number of Islamists during his one-year rule, many of whom had been imprisoned since the 1990s.

He was overthrown in July 2013 by former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following mass protests against his rule.

According to preliminary results, Sisi was elected president by a landslide this week.

Since Mursi’s fall, the Egyptian government has cracked down hard on the Brotherhood, which was the country’s dominant force in elections after the 2011 uprising that brought down autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.

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