18 December 2012

Egypt: Nation's New Prosecutor Resigns

Photo: Amr Emam/IRIN
Salafist Muslim protesters in Egypt.

Cairo — Egypt's public prosecutor, Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah, appointed by President Mohamed Morsi last month, resigned from his post Monday amid ongoing tension between the nation's judiciary and the president.

"The prosecutor general has submitted his resignation under pressure from protesters," a source told AFP, referring to magistrates who have been clamouring for his immediate departure. In his resignation letter published by the state news agency Mena, Abdallah said he wished to "return to his work in the judicial system".

Meanwhile, Egypt's main opposition coalition is calling for new protests against a draft constitution that is set to go before a second round of voting on Saturday.

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