Egypt's new prosecutor-general tenders resignation
[Al Ahram] Judge Talaat Ibrahim Abdullah has tendered his resignation late Monday as Egypts prosecutor-general, succumbing to mounting pressure from judges and prosecutors only weeks after being appointed by President Mohamed Morsi.
Hundreds of judges and prosecutors had staged a protest at his office earlier in the day after marching from the Judges' Club building, in protest of President Mohamed Morsi's decision to replace Mubarak-era prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud with Abdullah.
Representatives from the protesters met with Abdullah's deputy Adel El-Said but failed to reach a conclusion. Accordingly, a group of protesters attempted to enter the prosecutor-general's office to demand a meeting, but security forces deployed to his office banned them from doing so.
Later in the day, El-Said presennted Abdullah's handwritten resignation to the protesters.
Al-Ahrams Arabic news portal reported that Abdullah left his office shortly afterwards escorted by security forces. Protesters chanted in support of the decision.
Posted by: Fred 2012-12-18