ElBaradei: Include Brotherhood in Egypt Transition
[An Nahar] Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei
Egyptian law scholar and sometime Iranian catspaw. He was head of the IAEA from December 1997 to November 2009. At some point during his tenure he was purchased by the Iranians. ElBaradei and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for something in 2005. ElBaradei served on the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, a lefty NGO that is bankrolled by the Carnegie Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as George Soros' Open Society Institute. After the fall of Mubarak he ran for president. He lost.
called for the Moslem Brüderbund to be included in Egypt's political future, in a media interview conducted before his candidacy as interim premier hit opposition.
ElBaradei told German news weekly Der Spiegel in remarks published Sunday that members of the Moslem Brüderbund camp of ousted president Mohamed Morsi should not be treated as criminals.
"I am calling for inclusion of the Brotherhood in the democratization process," he said in comments printed in German.
"No one should be taken to court without a convincing reason. Former president Morsi must be treated with dignity," he added, calling such principles "preconditions for national reconciliation".
Asked whether he feared becoming a "fig leaf" for the military, which deposed Morsi Wednesday, ElBaradei insisted the generals were listening to his concerns.
"My red line is that I won't work with anyone who does not respect tolerance and democracy," he said.
ElBaradei said he expected new elections "at the latest in one year's time" and said he could accept another Moslem Brüderbund victory if it respected democratic principles.
Posted by: Fred 2013-07-08