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Talaat Ibrahim, Egypt’s chief public prosecutor, retracts resignation

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Egyptian protesters gather in Cairo’s landmark Tahrir square during the Friday noon prayer on December 07, 2012, ahead of a demonstration against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Egypt's mainly secular opposition rejected an offer of dialogue from Islamist President Morsi raising the prospect of further escalation of a crisis that already turned bloody earlier this week.

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Egypt’s chief public prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim has retracted his offer to resign, which he made on Monday after more than 1,000 judiciary workers descended on his office in Cairo and demanded that he quit, Reuters reported.

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President Mohamed Morsi fired Ibrahim’s predecessor Abdel Maguid Mahmoud and appointed Ibrahim to the post after giving himself extraordinary powers on Nov. 22, BBC News reported.

According to BBC News:

The dismissal angered senior judges who saw it as an attack on their authority.

Ibrahim said today that he’d been pressured into quitting and that Egypt’s justice minister should determine whether he should stay or go, the state-run al-Ahram news website reported, according to Reuters.

Several prosecutors reacted by announcing they would stop work and demonstrate outside Ibrahim's office, Reuters reported.

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