CAIRO, December 18 (RIA Novosti) - Egypt’s Prosecutor General Talaat Abdullah submitted a letter of resignation on Monday night in less than a month after he was appointed by President Mohammed Morsi, local media reported.
Abdullah’s appeal for the resignation comes after hundreds of public prosecutors staged a sit-in protest outside his office on Monday demanding that he leaves the office and that a prosecutor general should be nominated by Egypt's highest judicial authority, the Supreme Judicial Council, and not the president.
Last month President Morsi issued a constitutional declaration that practically put him and the Islamist-dominated panel, which drafted the country’s contested constitution, above the judicial level. It particularly stipulated that the president was entitled to appoint a prosecutor general.
The resignation of Abdullah, who was appointed for a four-year term in place of former prosecutor general Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud, will be discussed at a session of the Supreme Judicial Council on Sunday.
Morsi's constitutional declaration expanded his executive authority by barring the courts from challenging his decisions. The Supreme Judicial Council slammed the move as “an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings.”