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Tags: Egypt | army | security | parliament | referendum

Egyptian Army Takes Over Security Ahead of Vote

Monday, 10 December 2012 10:53 AM EST

CAIRO — The Egyptian military has assumed responsibility for security and protecting state institutions in the country until the results of Saturday's constitutional referendum are known.

The army took up the task Monday in line with a decree a day earlier from President Mohammed Morsi.

The presidential edict orders the military and police to jointly maintain security in the run-up to Saturday's vote on the disputed charter that was hurriedly approved last month by a panel dominated by the president's Islamist allies.

The decree, which also grants the military the right to arrest civilians, is seen as evidence of how jittery the government is about the referendum, which the main opposition parties have rejected.

The edict goes into effect on the eve of mass rallies called by the opposition and Morsi's supporters.

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The Egyptian military has assumed responsibility for security and protecting state institutions in the country until the results of Saturday's constitutional referendum are known.
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