Morsi Grants Army Power to Arrest

Referendum on the draft constitution still scheduled to go ahead on Saturday


Egypt's President Morsi has ordered the military to maintain security and protect state institutions in the run-up to a referendum on the constitution.

The army has also been given the power of arrest.

Mr Morsi has tried to calm public anger by annulling a decree giving him huge powers, but rejected a call to scrap the 15 December vote on a new constitution.

Opposition leaders rejected the move and called for protests on Tuesday.