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Egypt’s state prosecutor resigns days after he was reinstated

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Egypt’s state prosecutor Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud, who was reinstated after the overthrow of former president Mohammad Mursi, has resigned, Egyptian media reported on Friday.

Mursi sacked Mahmoud in a controversial constitutional decree issued in November 2012 and appointed Talaat Abdullah on his place.

The decree was eventually repealed under intense pressure from street protests, but the decisions stemming from it were protected by the constitution that was passed in December, AFP reported.

Last week, an appeals court upheld a ruling to dismiss Abdullah as the general prosecutor. Mahmoud was reinstated in the job.
Dismissing Mahmoud was a top demand of revolutionary forces that ousted Hosni Mubarak from power. Mahmoud had filed a lawsuit against his sacking and the Court of Appeals ruled in his favor on Tuesday.

His sacking had intensified long-running tensions between the presidency and the judiciary, which accused Mursi of interfering in its independence.

In a statement carried by state news agency MENA and verified by his office, Mahmoud said he had filed the lawsuit against Mursi's decision "not to return to my post... but to stress the independence of the judiciary."

He said he would now ask the Supreme Judicial Council to approve "my return to the judges ranks."

"I feel uneasiness over what will be required in the future in terms of measures and rulings involving those who removed me from office," Mahmud said.

(With AFP)