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ElBaradei tweets that Egypt's current roadmap to civilian govt is a 'travesty'
Former presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei insists a constitution is needed before elections to set presidential authorities
Ahram Online, Saturday 18 Feb 2012
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Mohamed ElBaradei
Mohamed ElBaradei is seen at his office after announcing his plans to end his presidential bid in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. (AP /Ahmed Gomaa)

Former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, tweeted Saturday his dismay over Egypt's current roadmap towards a civilian government.

ElBaradei wrote from his official Twitter account: "Election of a president before constitution defining political system is a travesty. Always going against the tide & always paying for it."

When roadmaps for a transition of power from military to civilian rule were being proposed and voted on, ElBaradei championed drafting a new constitution first, to then be followed by elections. This was rejected through a national referendum, which dictated that Parliament elections take place first.

After parliamentary elections, ElBaradei again pressed for drafting a constitution first before elections for president begin. ElBaradei insists that the president's powers need to be set first via a constitution.

Officials have, however, declared that the constitution will be drafted in parallel to presidential elections; implying that the constitution will still be in the making by the time a president is in office.

ElBaradei had previously laid out his roadmap, which would have had the parliament elect a temporary president to take over power from Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) until a constitution is drafted. 

ElBaradei had withdrawn from the presidential race criticising the roadmap set by the ruling military junta.





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patkar
18-02-2012 02:23pm
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what do you get first ?
the car or the driver's license ? I think it is a very good image
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