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Egyptian President Mursi Gives Army Police Powers, MENA Reports

Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi passed a law temporarily granting the armed forces police powers including the authority to arrest civilians, state-run Middle East News Agency said, citing a presidential decree.

Under the decree, the army will have the power “to preserve security and protect vital state institutions” until the end of the constitutional referendum planned for Dec. 15, MENA cited the decree as saying.

The decree approved by the cabinet on Dec. 8 has sparked criticism from human rights activists who describe it as a revival of the emergency law under ousted president Hosni Mubarak and say it would bring the army back to politics.

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