Cairo - An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered the
reinstatement of public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud, whose sacking in
November sparked a bitter row between President Mohammed Morsi and the
The Court of Appeals "issued a final ruling ordering
the return of Abdel Meguid Mahmud as public prosecutor", the official MENA
news agency reported.
Tuesday's ruling further isolates Morsi who is facing huge
pressure to quit after millions took to the streets nationwide to demand his
On Monday, the armed forces gave Morsi and all political
forces a 48-hour ultimatum to meet the demands of the people before intervening
with a political roadmap.
Morsi sacked Mahmud in November, in a decree that granted
the president sweeping powers and placed his decisions beyond judicial review.
Mahmud was replaced by current prosecutor general, Talaat Abdallah.
The decree was eventually repealed under immense street
pressure, but the decisions stemming from it were protected by the constitution
that was passed in December.
Mahmud's sacking had intensified long-running tensions
between the presidency and the judiciary which accuses Morsi of interfering in
Since coming to power a year ago, Morsi has battled with the
judiciary, the media and the police.