Egypt's prosecutor general withdraws resignation

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CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's prosecutor general appointed by Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has withdrawn his resignation days after submitting it in a move expected to cause uproar ahead of a key vote on the country's draft constitution.

Talaat Abdullah on Thursday told reporters he initially submitted his resignation "under pressure" from prosecutors holding a sit-in in front of his office on Monday.

Fellow prosecutors accused him of pressuring a judge not to release some 130 anti-Morsi protesters taken into custody this month.

The judge had been investigating the Dec. 5 clashes between Muslim Brotherhood members and anti-Morsi protesters -- one of the tensest moments Egypt has seen in recent weeks.

In a speech, Morsi said detainees had confessed they were paid to attack his supporters, a charge the judge refuted.