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In turnaround, Baradei calls for dialogue with presidency

After shunning earlier invitations to dialogue, Mohamed ElBaradei calls for meeting between his National Salvation Front, President Morsi and Egypt's other main political actors

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Jan 2013
Former U.N. nuclear chief Mohamed El Baradei
Former U.N. nuclear chief Mohamed El Baradei (Photo: AP)
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After shunning earlier invitations by President Mohamed Morsi to hold talks aimed at resolving Egypt's current political crisis, Mohamed ElBaradei, one of the leaders of the National Salvation Front (NSF) opposition umbrella group, has called for a meeting with Morsi and various political players.

"We need a meeting between the president, defence minister, interior minister, the ruling party [i.e., the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party], the Salafist current and the NSF to take prompt actions to abort violence and start a serious discussion," ElBaradei declared via Twitter on Wednesday.

On Monday, the NSF – a coalition of parties and groups opposed to Morsi and Egypt's newly-approved constitution – again rejected an invitation by the presidency to hold talks aimed at halting the sporadic violence recently seen around the country.

In December, following mass protests that erupted after a controversial presidential decree, the NSF had similarly rejected Morsi's calls for dialogue. The front subsequently issued five pre-conditions for holding talks with the presidency.

Egypt has seen riots, anti-government protests and deadly clashes since Thursday night, the eve of the January 25 Revolution's second anniversary. Since then, over 50 people have been killed in Cairo, Suez, Port Said and Ismailia, while a state of emergency has been declared in the cities of Egypt's Suez Canal.

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Rahman
27-02-2013 04:45pm
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The three Stoogies should retire fro Politics
Old people like Al Baradei and Mousa should retired from politics. People like their age should go to mosque and do charity to prepare themself for the next world.Lets the young people lead the opposition with new ideas.
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tamer, Poert Said
31-01-2013 05:44am
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Demands
NSF should demand public rights for demonstration and explanation why of managing our treasury. ekhwan charter is the root cause for scaring investors.
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Hussain Mahmoud
30-01-2013 10:35pm
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The problem is in the MBH's ideology
They are not aiming at building a new Egypt for all Egyptian, only their own "Moslem" State based on Hassan ElBana's teachings as a step towards the return of the Islamic caliphate!!
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Roslyn
30-01-2013 09:31pm
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Morsi's haste vs El Baredei's experience
What took Mohamed el Baradei so long, the same could be said of Morsi. Morsi's indecisiveness has cost Egypt and Egyptians much more than el Baradei who is carefully deliberating and not rushing into unwise decisions. He is methodically formulating a strategy to contain and improve the present situation. Please look at the background of each man, El Baradei in the past has been involved with major situations effecting the world including Egypt, hence he has gained a lot of experience in negotiation and the risks involved with making hasty decisions. Morsi on the other hand is relatively inexperienced in decision making and politics, hence he is struggling to come up with solutions and often needing to back track and this is dangerous for us all including El Baradei who is also a patriotic Egyptian who 'chose' to return to Egypt and involve himself in this chaos, when he could have easily retired abroad and led a comfortable stress free existence. Thank you!
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mohammed moiduddin
30-01-2013 06:50pm
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Finally
What took him so long? The military threatening to take over? The three stooges should be held accountable, talking and participation is the first step in democracy.
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Shams Edeen
31-01-2013 05:35am
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Right Conditions
After the civil disobedience and threat to national security condtions are right to demand l public.and end Ekhwan game of pitting police against public.
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abdulrahman
30-01-2013 05:48pm
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Who Is Magnanamous
Look! A popularly elected President is bending backwards to accommodate the opposition by calling them for dialogue while the losers are behaving as if they won. Egyptians are wise enough to differentiate between good and bad. Good Egyptians will continue to respect and support democracy. The great Egyptian nations will soon emerge successfully from the current predicament.
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Pervez
30-01-2013 04:45pm
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Good sign towards stability
This gentleman Al-Bardei is 2nd fiddle of USA after Amr Mousa, they both with Shabahi supported the hooliganism on Egyptisn streets. He is only proposing for talks after the pressure from Military and his sponsors in United States. But any way negotiations are the only way out to solve the crisis as the whole bunch of opposition cannot throughout the democratically elected President with street protests.
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ursan
30-01-2013 04:18pm
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In turnaround, Egypt's Baradei calls for dialogue with presidency
This western lapdog is now being told to soften up because real revolutionaries for real change are in streets in Egypt. If that happened there wont be an IMF yoke on Egyptians as is being planned.
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Nora
30-01-2013 04:12pm
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How about the other 30+ parties?
Why does he eliminate other parties, while brining the army back to politics?. I think the media and some youth have inflated him beyond his actual size, as a secret cow. He doesn't have public support to affact on the current event. A lot of us view him as puppet for the west.
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Mina
30-01-2013 04:09pm
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NSF justified again
The way this was reported I think was no fair. It neglects to mention the fact that President Morsi is considering changing some of the amendments of the Constitution. If anything, this seems to prove that the previous boycotting of meetings were actually effective in getting the President to actually negotiate and not pass dictatorial decrees like before without regard to these parties.
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AG
30-01-2013 10:32pm
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Actually Morsy's actions are based on what the people wh ACTUALLY attended the dialog suggested. Not the NSF. If you don't show up in democracy then you don't exist. This is what happened last time. The NSF is JUST now realizing that the average Egyptian is starting to see the as obstructionist so they want to get in there to seem like they are actually doing anything. It's a last ditch political move to feign legitimacy.
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