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ElBaradei warns against choosing president without parliament, constitution
After court verdict dissolving People's Assembly, ElBaradei warns that presidential polls held in absence of both parliament and constitution would give Egypt's next president near-dictatorial powers
Ahram Online, Thursday 14 Jun 2012
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Mohamed El-Baradei (Photo: Ahram)

Egyptian reform campaigner and onetime presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei said Thursday that electing a president in the absence of a constitution or parliament would mean the election of a president with near-dictatorial powers.

Speaking on Twitter, the Nobel Prize laureate and former chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency proposed two solutions to the current crisis: the first would be the formation of a 'presidential council' tasked with choosing members of the Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting a new constitution, along with the appointment of a 'national salvation' government to preside over fresh parliamentary and presidential elections once a new constitution is written.

The second solution proposed by ElBaradei would be to elect an interim president who would then appoint a national salvation government and preside over a consensual committee tasked with choosing Constituent Assembly members, with presidential and parliamentary polls to be held once a new constitution has been drafted.

On Thursday afternoon, Egypt's High Constitutional Court found Egypt's Political Disenfranchisement Law – which had threatened presidential finalist and Mubarak-era PM Ahmed Shafiq with disqualification from the presidential race – unconstitutional. The ruling will allow Shafiq to contest the presidency against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi in a runoff vote on 16 and 17 June.

A second ruling, meanwhile, found Egypt's Parliamentary Elections Law – which regulated last year's legislative polls – to be similarly unconstitutional. The latter verdict means that both the People's Assembly and the consultative Shura Council (the lower and upper houses of Egypt's parliament) will likely be dissolved in advance of fresh elections.  

ElBaradei withdrew from Egypt's presidential race last winter to protest the act of electing a president before the formulation of a constitution defining that president's powers. In April, ElBaradei co-founded the centrist Constitution Party.





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nihad rateb
15-06-2012 03:59pm
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Mr. El Baradei
Mr. El Baradei should refrain from making stale comments that serve no purpose what so ever instead he should actively join the political process during these very difficult times the country is going through . Being on the sidelines and criticizing does not make for good politics , frankly I expected much more from a man of his sature . I am disappointed...
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nihad rateb
15-06-2012 03:51pm
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Mr. El Baradei
Mr. El Baradei should refrain from making stale comments that serve no purpose what so ever instead he should actively join the political process in these very difficult times the country is going through . Being on the sidelines and criticizing does not make for good politics , frankly I expected much more from a man of his sature . I am disappointed...
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Jeff
14-06-2012 09:26pm
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So what? who cares what this man thinks
He needs stripped of his Nobel, he didnt deserve it..This man is part of the problem with Iran, he covered up for them for years...He needs to retire.the army is better for Egypt, the Islamists will destroy everything and take them into the dark ages again.
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Ajibola Kehinde
14-06-2012 07:26pm
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Elbaradi protect secular not Islamic religion
Most of Egyptian figures including Elbaradi are protecting secularism rather than Islamic religion.
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nihad
15-06-2012 04:05pm
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Secular
They should then refrain from advancing their own agendas and stick to what is good for EGYPT . Period

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