Public Prosecutor to stay, says presidency spokesperson


Public Prosecutor Talaat Abdallah will remain in his position, said a spokesperson for the presidency, adding that a challenge to the court ruling ordering his dismissal and the return of former Public Prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmoud is still being looked into.

At a press conference held at Ettehadiya Presidential Palace on Wednesday, Amr added that Prime Minister Hesham Qandil's government is also remaining in office.

Last week, the Cairo Court of Appeals reinstated former Public Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud to his post, annulling a decree by President Mohamed Morsy replacing him with Talaat Abdallah.

He said that Egypt is going through a phase that requires “stability” in order for the government to handle the many challenges it faces.

Also on Wednesday, Abdullah referred a report filed by former presidential hopeful Khaled Ali against President Mohamed Morsy, Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, Shura Council Speaker Ahmed Fahmy and Finance Minister al-Morsy Hegazy to the state security prosecution’s attorney general for investigations.

The report accused the men of trying to pass a International Monetary Fund loan without parliamentary approval.

Ali said in the report that the four suspects are trying to convince the IMF that they represent the executive powers and that they legally have the authority to approve the law, adding that their claim violates the constitutional legitimacy and that only the House of Representatives has the right to approve the law.

The report added that Shura Council doesn’t have any legal authority to approve the loan, and that Article 230 of the Constitution allows the Shura Council to legislate, without authorizing it to approve international agreements like the IMF loan, arguing that such powers are only for the House of Representatives.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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