Mubarak is being released because under Egyptian law he couldn't be held for more than two years pending a final verdict in a court case regarding his alleged complicity in the deaths of demonstrators protesting his rule in February 2011. He faces a retrial on the charges, however.
President Obama's call for Mubarak to leave office in 2011 helped pave the way for democratic elections that swept Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to power. Morsi was himself ousted from power by the military earlier this summer.
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