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ElBaradei, Egypt’s champion for democracy, couldn’t get elected in 2011 so jumps at chance to take on PM role (undemocratically of course)

  Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, lost the election in 2011 to Mohammed Morsi.  He has been a champion for democracy in Egypt during the Mubarak days and was spotted in Tahrir Square early on during the protest in 2011.  Since then, he’s gone on to search for a meaningful role to play in Egyptian politics.  Last week he thought he finally had his chance; the seat of Prime Minister was being offered to him.  However, there were a few bumps in the road…   

The office of the interim Egyptian president is now backtracking on reports of the appointment of Mohamed ElBaradei as prime minister. NPR’s Leila Fadel reports this comes “after the second-largest Islamist party in Egypt [Salfi el-Nour], which has so far been on board with the military coup, reportedly rejected the appointment.”

ElBaradei’s spokeswoman had told NPR that the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Peace Prize laureate would be sworn in Saturday afternoon.

Read the full story from NPR.

  

His appointment has now been put on hold permanently.  How’s a pro-democracy guy like ElBaradei supposed to get elected in Egypt?  I doubt he has a chance, especially now that the situation keeps getting worse and worse in Egypt.

  

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Source:  BBC News.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators are on the streets of Egyptian cities in rival shows of force by supporters and opponents of Mohammed Morsi, ousted as president by the military last week.

Mr Morsi’s supporters have gathered outside a mosque and a barracks in Cairo to demand his reinstatement.

Anti-Morsi protesters are rallying in the capital’s Tahrir Square.

Mr Morsi, Egypt’s first Islamist president, is in detention, along with some senior Muslim Brotherhood figures.

He was replaced on Thursday by Adly Mansour – the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court – who promised to hold elections soon but gave no date.

The military has deployed troops in Cairo and other locations. More than 30 people were killed and about 1,000 people injured across Egypt in protests on Friday.

Mr Morsi’s supporters have been camped outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo for more than a week. On Sunday, thousands marched from the mosque to the barracks of the Presidential Guard, where they believe Mr Morsi is being held.

Another group of pro-Morsi marchers have headed for the ministry of defence, reports the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville, in Cairo.

Tamarod, the opposition movement whose name means “rebel” in Arabic, called on its supporters to rally in Tahrir Square and at the Ittihadiya presidential palace.

Egypt military planes flew overhead, trailing plumes of smoke in red, white and black, the colours of the national flag.

Meanwhile, a presidential spokesman has told Egyptian TV channels that business lawyer Ziad Bahaa Eldin is “very likely” to be appointed as interim prime minister.

On Friday, Egypt’s state news agency said pro-reform leader Mohamed Elbaradei would be named as interim premier.

Tamarod has tweeted that it will not accept anyone except Mr ElBaradei, a Nobel laureate and former head of the UN nuclear agency, as prime minister.

However, the ultra-conservative Salafist al-Nour party is said to be unhappy with Mr ElBaradei, whom its members view as too secular.

The US and other Western countries have expressed concern over Mr Morsi’s removal, and have called for reconciliation and speedy elections.

Read the full story from BBC News.

 

As the situation in Egypt goes from bad to worse, secular, pro-western softies like ElBaradei get pushed further and further to the side as hard-liners take over.  The next leader of Egypt will most likely be from the military or from one of the hard-line parties (from the right or left).  Egypt’s democracy champion’s best hope for political office is an un-elected position.  Maybe the next leader of Egypt will want someone like ElBaradei to soften his tone and make him appear friendlier to the international community.