Egypt top prosecutor: standoff with president over

SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press Published:

CAIRO (AP) -- 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.