Egypt's new public prosecutor resigns

By REUTERS
December 17, 2012 23:28

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's new public prosecutor, appointed by President Mohamed Morsi last month, resigned on Monday in a move welcomed by Morsi's opponents as a victory for the independence of the judiciary.

Public Prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim stepped down after a furore among judges who said Morsi's decision in November to sack the former public prosecutor and appoint Ibrahim was an assault on their independence.

The former public prosecutor, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, had served for many years under former President Hosni Mubarak who was ousted by a popular uprising in February 2011.

The main state newspaper Al-Ahram said Ibrahim's resignation would be presented to the Supreme Judicial Council on Sunday. A senior judge who had opposed his appointment urged other members of the judiciary to suspend a strike launched in protest.

Many judges had voiced anger over a decree Morsi issued on November 22 expanding his powers and temporarily putting himself above judicial review. The decree spurred nationwide protests and deadly clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents.

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