Egypt army given police powers
- Published: 10 Dec 2012 at 19.46
- Online news:
President Mohamed Morsi has ordered Egypt's army from Monday to take on police powers -- including the right to arrest civilians -- in the run-up to a vote on a constitution that has triggered bloodshed.
Egyptian soldiers stand beneath a wall as opposition supporters climb on it after breaking into a sealed-off precinct in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on Sunday.
The decree takes effect on the eve of mass rival protests on the referendum that is to be staged on Saturday, and follows street clashes that have left seven people dead and hundreds injured.
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