LET'S BE CLEAR

Spokesman Clarifies Morsi’s Military Order

Petr David Josek / AP Photo

Soldiers stand guard by an armored vehicle in front of the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.

From the decree rescinding to the tax-hike revoking, we're getting dizzy. One day after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi authorized soldiers to arrest civilians, a spokesman is attempting to clarify the order. The spokesman, Khaled Al-Qazzaz, said Morsi's purpose in issuing the decree was simply to protect polling stations ahead of Saturday's vote. Al-Qazzaz assured Egyptians that unlike the arrests which occurred under the ruthless dictator Hosni Mubarak, any civilian arrested would be referred to "a normal civilian court." The crisis over Egypt's draft Constitution continued to intensify Monday, with estimates of 700 already injured in the fighting.