CAIRO - Egyptian rights groups and members of the opposition filed appeals on Thursday to overturn a government decree that would give military police and intelligence the ability to detain civilians.

Seventeen rights groups appealed to an administrative court to stop the implementation of the Justice Ministry decree that they fear would effectively reimpose an emergency law that expired in May.

According to the Justice Ministry decree issued in a surprise decision on Wednesday, the military will have powers to impose law and order until a new constitution is written.

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