Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi signed legislation Saturday allowing him to impose a version of martial law as clashes between Morsi's supporters and secular opponents continue, the New York Times reports.
Struggling to quell street protests and political violence, PresidentMohamed Morsi is moving to impose a version of martial law by calling on the armed forces to keep order and authorizing soldiers to arrest civilians, Egyptian state media announced Saturday. …
The flagship state newspaper Al Ahram reported that Mr. Morsi “will soon issue a decision for the participation of the armed forces in the duties of maintaining security and protection of vital state institutions.” The military would maintain its expanded role until the completion of a referendum on a draft constitution next Saturday and the election of a new Parliament expected two months after that.
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