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ElBaradei calls for boycott of parliamentary elections
NSF leader Mohamed ElBaradei describes upcoming legislative elections as a 'deception'; calls on Egyptians to reject poll
Ahram Online , Saturday 23 Feb 2013
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Leader of the Constitution Party and founding member of the National Salvation Front (NSF) Mohamed ElBaradei called on Egyptians Saturday to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“I called for a parliamentary elections boycott in 2010 to expose sham democracy. Today, I repeat my call, and will not be part of an act of deception,” said ElBaradei via Twitter.

ElBaradei, who called for boycotting parliamentary elections in 2010 under Mubarak, went on to add in Arabic: "It's as if no regime was toppled."

Egypt's presidency announced Thursday night that the first post-constitution elections for the House of Representatives will commence 27-28 April.

On 12 January, the NSF issued eleven conditions to ensure the transparency of the electoral process. The front asserted that it will boycott the poll if the conditions were not met.

On 19 February, the Popular Current led by former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, another founding member of the NSF, announced that it will be boycotting the parliamentary poll.

“We will not support a regime that has rebelled against all the goals of the January 25 Revolution, and the sacrifices of its martyrs and injured,” read a statement that was published on the movement’s Facebook page.

While both leaders of the NSF announced their intention to boycott, no official statement has yet been released from the NSF.

NSF spokesman Khaled Dawoud told Ahram Online in January that a consensus had been reached among members of the front that the decision to run in the elections would be decided collectively as the bloc had been planning to run on a single electoral list.

Meanwhile, leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed El-Beltagy, addressed NSF leaders during as interview with Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, inviting them to a dialogue to reassuring them on the transparency of the coming parliamentary elections.





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Ali
25-02-2013 03:28pm
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Lord protector
His Royal Highness Sir Baradai of Cambodia. Holder of the golden Bald-head Medal and Leader of the Lodge of Handkerchiefs-Lovers and most importantly protector of the realm commands his ragtags to stay at home in the coming election.
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Klaus London
25-02-2013 01:36pm
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He should serve the country!
At some point Mr al Baradei needs to understand that elections are not about personal vanity and caprice, but about serving the country. Even if the NSF gest only 10% of the vote, as seems likely, they have still a constructive and important role as an opposition party to hold the government to account. Problem with Baradei is that he talks a lot about democracy, and the Western media are lapping it up, but he doesn't really understand the nature of democratic government. His increasingly desparate attempts to run a parallel presidency of the country through mob rule from Tahrir Square have badly backfired. He only succeeded in destabilising the country, driving investors and tourists away. As the Egyptian economy collapses, his remaining supporters will dwindle away and his party of yesterday's men and felul will have even less of a chance if elections are postponed.
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Klaus London
25-02-2013 12:10pm
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He should serve the country!
At some point Mr al Baradei needs to understand that elections are not about personal vanity and caprice, but about serving the country. Even if the NSF gest only 10% of the vote, as seems likely, they have still a constructive and important role as an opposition party to hold the government to account. Problem with Baradei is that he talks a lot about democracy, and the Western media are lapping it up, but he doesn't really understand the nature of democratic government. His increasingly desparate attempts to run a parallel presidency of the country through mob rule from Tahrir Square have badly backfired. He only succeeded in destabilising the country, driving investors and tourists away. As the Egyptian economy collapses, his remaining supporters will dwindle away and his party of yesterday's men and felul will have even less of a chance if elections are postponed.
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
25-02-2013 10:48am
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Political failure
El Baradei has no mass following of his own. He tried to manipulate the situation in his favour soon after the fall of Mubarak. But failed miserably. El Baradei and the Egyptian opposition have not prepared themselves to contest the election though they could have exploited the situation in their favour by establishing fruitful contacts with the electorate. As a matter of fact they have no policy and no manifesto. Their failure is nothing short of treachery. Egypt in the hands of fanatics would be a total disaster.
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Omar W
24-02-2013 09:14am
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ElBaradei calls for boycott of parliamentary elections
Boycotting of elections has never been successful in Europe, USA or South America and it will certainly not work in Egypt, it is entirely self-defeating. All that it does is allow those that you oppose whether it’s a government or political party to gain an even stronger grip on power and ultimate makes the task of introducing political change and representative democracy that much harder. The opposition need to get out on the street not just in the city but in the towns and villages and get their message across to the people rather than relying on TV and Press, that’s the only way to win votes – and yes it does require hard work!
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abdulrahman
26-02-2013 10:41am
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anarchist view
The whole trouble with anarchist is the lack of popular support. Now street protest and violence demo is losing popularity as Egyptians know who the real culprits are. Forget about getting Egyptians on the streets throughout the country. Omar W must quickly recognise that the Cairo streets are getting very small number of protests.
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Jon
24-02-2013 01:29am
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They know they'd lose
ElBaradei and Sabbahi have had two years to build strong national organizations. Instead of doing this, they have used their time and energy to protest against the most legitimate leadership Egypt has ever had. The to elections that have been held, the parliamentary election in 2011 and the presidential in 2012, are both considered free and fair. There is no reason to believe anything else about the forthcoming parliamentary election either. ElBaradei and abbahi know this. They also know that they will lose any election, free and fair or not. Instead of building viable, national political organizations, and come stronger back another day, they chose to weaken the authority of the political organizations. This could lead to chaos, possibly to a military coup. ElBaradei and Sabbahi put their own vanity above the interest of their country.
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Khalid
23-02-2013 07:17pm
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Why always afraid of elections...?
This is not the first call from Mr Elbaradei, not only the egyptians but whole world now know that elections and ballot papers dreadfull words in Elbaradei's mind that why he always afraid of elections.Mr Elbaradei should know that he will have to take the pain of elections if he wants to be a democratic leader.There's no other way now to come into power.
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MS
23-02-2013 02:09pm
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Negatively will get us no where.
Let us boycott selfishness and egocentric views for the love of the country. Elbaradie represents outgoing generation, he will lose nothing if Egypt becomes a new Somalia. He has money in the banks and a foreign passport. Election is about giving power to the people. Molotov and thugs are some of the alternatives that we will have to accept till the NSF gets in power, and beyond. Decent oppositions accept the will of the people.
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abdul
23-02-2013 01:49pm
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joke
al baradi and around him 10 or 15 peouple will boycott- hihihihi
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