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Standoff with president over, Egypt top prosecutor says

By The Associated Press

This article was published October 13, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.

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Egyptian Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud speaks to hundreds of supporters, judges, lawyers and media in a downtown courthouse defying a presidential decision to remove him from his post, saying this infringes on the judiciary's independence, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, October 13, 2012. President Mohammed Morsi ordered Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud to step down to appease public anger over the acquittals of ex-regime officials accused of orchestrating violence against protesters last year.

— Egypt’s prosecutor general tells The Associated Press he has reached an “amicable” agreement with the country’s leader to retain his job, days after President Mohammed Morsi ordered him to step down.

Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud spoke after a meeting with Morsi and his advisers to defuse a simmering crisis with the judiciary.

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.

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