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Egypt's Morsi to authorize army to take on security role

Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, facing street protests over his attempts to push through a new constitution, will soon authorize the armed forces to help police keep order, the state-run newspaper al-Ahram reported on Saturday.

 

The daily said the cabinet had approved a legal measure under which the armed forces would help "maintain security and protect vital state institutions" and would be given powers of arrest, but did not say when it would be issued. (Reuters)