CAIRO - Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt with an iron fist for 30 years before he was ousted, has asked to vote in a constitutional referendum, his lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday.

Mubarak, who is facing a retrial for his role in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that unseated him, was released from prison in August and is at a Cairo military hospital.

Egyptians would have never dreamed of voting in any kind of fair election during Mubarak's era. Apart from an experiment with more open elections in 2005, polls were mostly described as a 99 percent victory for the former air force commander and his ruling party.

"He wants to vote," Mubarak's lawyer, Fareed El-Deeb, told Reuters in a phone conversation. "Of course it would be yes for the constitution."

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