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Egypt's ElBaradei demands Morsi rescinds 'dictatorial' decree

After joining Sabbahi and others to form a new national front to defeat decrees, ElBaradei calls on president to back down

Reuters, Saturday 24 Nov 2012
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Prominent opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said on Saturday there could be no dialogue with Egypt's president until he rescinded a "dictatorial" decree that he said gave the Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi the powers of a pharaoh.

The presidential decree issued on Thursday by Morsi, elected in June with the Muslim Brotherhood behind him, expanded his powers and caused fury amongst his opponents, prompting violent clashes in central Cairo and other cities on Friday.

Judges, angry at measures seen as undermining the judiciary, have threatened to strike if the declaration was not revoked and the opposition has called for more protests, with one planned for Tuesday.

"There is no room for dialogue when a dictator imposes the most oppressive, abhorrent measures and then says 'let us split the difference'," ElBaradei said in an interview with Reuters and The Associated Press after talks with opposition figures.

ElBaradei, who said he expected to be coordinator of a new opposition National Salvation Front, said Mursi's declaration threatened Egypt's troubled transition to democracy and actions were needed to stop a "cycle of violence".

"How are we going to do that? I do not see any other way other than through Mr. Morsi rescinding his dictatorial declaration," he said, adding the decree created a "new pharaoh".

In his decree, Morsi put all his decisions beyond legal challenge as long as there is no parliament, sacked the unpopular general prosecutor and opened the door to retrials for the already jailed ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his aides.

"I am waiting to see, I hope soon, a very strong statement of condemnation by the US, by Europe and by everybody who really cares about human dignity," ElBaradei said, speaking from his villa on the outskirts of Cairo.

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25-11-2012 08:44am
ElBaradei's Rant
Even as I support the protestors to have the right to demonstrate, I suspect ElBaradei's motive ; the man dedicated his life in serving the western interests.
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25-11-2012 05:21am
Calling the masters in vain
El-Baradei is calling for foreign interference in Egypt internal affairs. This is plain and simple, a notion that most Egyptians reject. I am hoping that he would not tell them about Morsi's WMD stockpile. LOL.
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