Egypt's prosecutor general withdraws resignation

Egyptian protester chants slogans against President Mohammed Morsi outside the presidential palace during a protest against President Mohammed Morsi, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. Egypt's opposition alliance staged rallies across the country on Tuesday to protest a contentious Islamist-backed draft constitution, after the country's Ministry of Justice ordered a probe into allegations of widespread voting irregularities during Saturday's first round of voting on the document. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's prosecutor general appointed by Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has withdrawn his resignation days after submitting it in a move expected to cause uproar ahead of a key vote on the country's draft constitution.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