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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 - 8:44
Morsi gives Egypt army police powers before referendum
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President Mohamed Morsi has ordered Egypt's army to take on police powers from -- including the right to arrest civilians -- in the run-up to a divisive constitutional referendum that has triggered mass street protests.

The decree, published in the government gazette, takes effect on the eve of mass rival protests on the referendum and follows street clashes that have left seven people dead and hundreds injured.

It orders the military to fully cooperate with police "to preserve security and protect vital state institutions for a temporary period, up to the announcement of the results from the referendum.

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