Egypt's highest court issued a statement Sunday, urging Talaat Abduallah, the top prosecutor appointed by President Mohammed Morsi, to step down. Many judges and prosecutors have protested his appointment, calling it illegal.
A statement by the Supreme Judiciary Council carried by the official MENA news agency urged Talaat Abdullah "to express a wish" to return to his previous job as a judge for the sake of the unity of the judiciary.
Abdullah's appointment was decried as illegal by many judges and fellow prosecutors. It has led to days of protests outside his office in downtown Cairo by judges and prosecutors. The protests late last year forced him to tender his resignation, but he eventually withdrew it and stayed in office.