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Egypt prosecutor to stay after rift

2012-10-13 19:33

Cairo - Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi and state prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud agreed Saturday that Mahmud will stay, ending a crisis over his refusal to quit after being dismissed, an aide to the prosecutor said.

State television reported that the two met and sealed an agreement under which "the state prosecutor will stay on in his post," said deputy state prosecutor Adel Said, citing a "misunderstanding over his nomination as ambassador to the Vatican."

Vice President Mahmoud Mekki told reporters Morsi agreed to keep Mahmoud in his post following a request from the Supreme Judicial Council.

Morsi had ordered Mahmoud's dismissal in an apparent bid to appease public anger over the acquittals of former regime officials accused of orchestrating violence against protesters last year. But the law protects the prosecutor general from being fired by the president. Although the move has public support, many feared Morsi was infringing on the judiciary.