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Egypt court rules army cannot arrest civilians

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An Egyptian court on Tuesday annulled a decree by the country’s interim government that allowed the army to arrest civilians.

That right ended at the end of last month, when Egypt’s decades-old emergency laws were lifted.

It comes after the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi was narrowly declared the winner of the country’s presidential election on Sunday.

He has promised to be a head of state for all Egyptians and will appoint six vice presidents from non-Islamist groups.

But the biggest fear amongst Morsi’s supporters is whether he will have any real power.

Brotherhood officials say talks between Morsi and the army are ongoing on the future president’s authority.

On the 18th of June, the country’s military rulers issed a decree that granted them sweeping powers, including the right to shape a new constitution.

Observers say Morsi is likely to opt for compromise over conflict with the army in the early part of his tenure.

The army has already dissolved the lower of parliament, angering the Brotherhood which claims it is nothing short of a military coup.