Morsy Orders Military To Maintain Security Until Referendum Complete

       Cairo, 26 Muharram 1434/10 December 2012 (EI/MINA) –  President Mohamed Morsy issued a law on Sunday ordering the Armed Forces to maintain security and protect vital state facilities until the result of the 15 December referendum on the constitution is announced.

       In the law, the president granted military officers all arrest powers assigned to the police, according an online media Egypt Independent (EI).

      The law stipulates that arrest reports be referred to the relevant prosecutors in accordance with the Criminal Code, for the normal judiciary to consider.

      The second article of the law stipulates that military soldiers and non-commissioned officers involved in the tasks of maintaining security and the protection of vital installations will have state judicial powers in performing this task, and allows them to use force to the extent necessary for the performance of their duty.

      Islamists to demonstrate in Cairo, Alexandria, Assiut Tuesday to support Morsy

      Islamist forces are organizing three mass demonstrations in Cairo, Alexandria and Assiut on Tuesday, titled “National Consensus,” in support of President Mohamed Morsy’s push to complete a constitutional referendum by 15 December.

      Helmy al-Gazzar, secretary general of the Freedom and Justice Party in Giza, said a Brotherhood march will take off from Rabaa al-Adaweya Mosque in Nasr City to join another march organized by Salafis from Rashdan Mosque. The group expects the demonstrations to number in the millions.

     On Saturday last week, tens of thousands of Islamists gathered at Renaissance Square in front of Cairo University to support Morsy’s 22 November constitutional declaration. Thousands of supporters were bussed into Cairo from outside governorates to increase the protest’s numbers. (T/R-022/R-006)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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