New prosecutor general says will work to lift injustice

"For the sake of Egyptians who have sacrificed [to counter] the widespread corruption that wasted the resources of the dear homeland, I will not hesitate to work day and night to accomplish the great goals of the revolution and to uphold the law," said the newly appointed Prosecutor General Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah Friday morning on the state-run Nile News Channel.

"I will do my best with my colleague prosecutors to dispel injustice, bolster justice and raise its banner. The great Egyptian people should be confident that we will return all their usurped rights," Abdallah added.

President Mohamed Morsy issued a new constitutional declaration on Thursday evening that restructured the process for electing the prosecutor general, and in the same announcement replaced the controversial Abdel Meguid Mahmoud with Abdallah, who will serve a four-year term.

Ibrahim, 54, is one of the symbols of the Independent Judiciary Movement that played a major role in exposing rigging in 2005 elections.

Ibrahim was born in Tanta City in Gharbiya Governorate, north of Cairo.

Ibrahim was deputy head of the Court of Cassation and a member of the committee formed by the Judges' Club to document fraud in the 2005 elections. Ibrahim was nominated for prosecutor general by Judge Ashraf Zahran, Independent Judiciary Movement leader. Ibrahim has been working in Kuwait since 2007 until now.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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