Egypt's ElBaradei will not run for Presidentship: Aide



Egypt`s ElBaradei will not run for Presidentship: Aide Cairo: Former director of the IAEA Muhammad El Baradei will not run for Egyptian Presidentship, his aide has said, warning that the country is reeling under under social conditions that might lead to a civil war.

Secretary General of the National Association for Change, Hasan Nafi'ah, said that democracy is the only safety valve that can preclude the outbreak of a popular uprise in Egypt and that this is the last opportunity for the government to win the confidence of the people and to restore stability to the country.

He warned that Egypt is living under social conditions that might lead to a civil war break out in the country.

Nafi'ah, a political science professor at Cairo University, said the upcoming parliamentary elections and the political developments in Egypt were discussed, that the current developments in Egypt were a source of concern. He accused the Egyptian government of corruption and noted that the situation is becoming worse and more corruptible every day.

Nafi'ah reiterated an earlier statement that former Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, ElBaradei, was not seeking the presidential office and that his only goal was to introduce change and political reforms and to acquaint the citizens of Egypt with their rights.

Meanwhile, Member of the Policies Secretariat at the National Democratic Party, Dr Husam al-Badrawi, said that the developments in Egypt do not cause any concern. In fact, these developments are useful, particularly that Egypt is heading toward parliamentary elections. However, he denied that there is an intention to amend the articles of the constitution that involve the nomination to the office of the president of the republic.

Al-Badrawi admitted that there were enormous differences between the NDP National Democratic Party policies and what is applied on the ground.

This was viewed by the President of the Democratic Front Party, Dr Usama al-Ghazali Harb, as a failure on the part of the NDP. Harb said that what al-Badrawi was saying had nothing to do with the NDP. He called on him to quit the NDP and join the Democratic Front.

Harb, who is a former member of the NDP, contested the statement made by al-Badrawi that the NDP was careful to hold fair elections in Egypt. Harb said: Unfortunately, the NDP has never held fair elections. In fact, we do not expect any fairness in elections held by the NDP, whether they are People's Assembly, Shura Council, or presidential elections.

PTI