Egypt’s prosecutor general staying in office: presidency

The Appeals Court in Cairo reinstated Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid (pictured) after ruling Egyptian president’s choice of Talaat Abdullah as “illegal.” (Reuters)

Egypt’s Prosecutor General Talaat Abdullah is staying in office and will not be replaced, the presidency’s spokesman Omar Amir said on Wednesday.

The opposition wants to see Abdullah out after the Cairo Court of Appeals last week reinstated his predecessor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, annulling a decree by President Mohammed Mursi to replace him with Abdullah.

The court ruled that Abdullah’s appointment by Mursi was illegal.

The presidency is “studying” its move to contest the court’s decision to reinstate Mahmoud, said Amir.

Last week, protesters were angered by arrest warrants Abdullah issued against five of Egypt’s most prominent activists.

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