Egypt: Ali - Military Arrest Powers Were Called for By SEC

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Egyptian Army soldiers (file photo).

Granting the military the power of arrest during the upcoming constitutional referendum period - powers previously limited to police - came at the request of Egypt's Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC), Presidential Spokesman Yasser Ali said on Monday 10/12/2012.

The legislation aims to secure the voting process and will expire once results of the referendum are announced.

On Sunday 9/12/2012, President Mohamed Morsi issued a law granting army officers the authority to make arrests. The legislation was published in Egypt's official state gazette.

Law 107 of 2012 gives army officers the authority to make arrests from the day of issuance until the results of the constitutional poll are made public. The law gives army officers the right to arrest civilians with a view to "maintaining public order."

Meanwhile, Ali said that doors are open to dialogue with all national figures on the controversial articles in the draft constitution.

Ali called on all parties to join the conversation for the sake of Egypt.

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