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Egypt public prosecutor steps down

  • Egypt's new public prosecutor stepped down from his post on Monday following protests over his appointment.

    Talaat Ibrahim was appointed by President Mohammed Morsi last month after his predecessor was dismissed.

    The move triggered tensions among members of the judiciary who view the firing of Abdel Maguid Mahmoud as an attack on their independence.

    Earlier in the day, judges and officials staged demonstrations outside Ibrahim's office, calling on him to resign.

    Security forces later prevented a group of protesters from entering the office to demand a meeting, according to reports by the state-owned al-Ahram newspaper.

    Ibrahim’s resignation will be formally presented before the Supreme Judicial Council next Sunday.