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Brotherhood threatened to 'burn' Egypt if I became PM: ElBaradei

ElBaradei tells Saudi daily Al-Hayat that in 2011, Brotherhood figures including Mohamed Morsi warned SCAF against appointing ElBaradei

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Jun 2013
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Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said in an interview with London-based Saudi daily Al-Hayat that the Muslim Brotherhood threatened to "set Egypt on fire" if he was to be appointed prime minister during Egypt's interim period of military rule following the 2011 revolution.

ElBaradei said in an interview published Wednesday that Egypt's current president, Mohamed Morsi, himself threatened the then-ruling military council (SCAF) against appointing ElBaradei head of the government.

The long-time opposition leader was speaking about the period in November 2011 following the resignation of then prime minister Essam Sharaf when SCAF was considering who to appoint to lead the government. The military council decided to hand the post to Mubarak-era prime minister Kamal El-Ganzouri.

According to ElBaradei's statements to Al-Hayat, SCAF was mulling giving him the position but instead offered him an advisory post which he refused. He said Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the military council, told him the Brotherhood "vetoed" his appointment as premier.

At the time, ElBaradei said that the head of General Intelligence, Mourad Mouwafi, talked with him at the time, making it evident that the main concern of the authorities then was that the incoming head of government wouldn’t force senior military council figures Tantawi and Sami Anan to step down. 

Mubarak-era minister and former presidential candidate Amr Moussa made an identical claim this month, saying that leading Brotherhood member Saad El-Katatni lodged the same threat to "burn" Egypt if Moussa was appointed.

Moussa, speaking on a popular television talk show, said that a SCAF leader had informed him of the threat.

Both ElBaradei and Moussa, along with Nasserist former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, are leading members of the National Salvation Front (NSF), Egypt's main opposition grouping.

During the interview, ElBaradei said he believes the military has no wish to rule despite calls by many for the army to return to power, due to the "bitter experience" they had in running the country, mentioning that SCAF left power to the chants of "down with military rule" resonating in Egyptian streets.

Despite a widespread conviction that there existed an agreement between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military that the latter would ease the former's ascent to power in exchange for the Brotherhood’s safeguarding the army's many privileges, ElBaradei dismissed the scenario, telling Al-Hayat that SCAF had a real fear that Brotherhood rule would change the identity of Egyptian society.

In 2011, anti-SCAF protesters wanted to declare ElBaradei prime minister, attempting but failed to talk him into accepting the plan.

ElBaradei said in the interview that he refused to take the step – a decision for which many are still angry at him for taking, he said – to prevent civil infighting from occurring, should he becomes a de facto prime minister while the military council was still in power.

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Amir
07-07-2013 02:21am
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Such a loss
Such a loss that religious extreme channels were able to brainwash their audience into believing that Al Baradei is a traitor and enemy of Islam. This same Baradei was back then supported by all people including MB and Salafis when he was the first important figure to oppose Mubarak and speak boldly about the need to topple down his oppressive regime. Now that the regime has fallen MB turned their back and they consider him as a traitor which is obvious because they know he is the strongest candidate/competitor for presidency. They are blind by secularism and religion, they should have seen him or anyone based on his abilities and qualities not his whether he is secular or not. Here again we lose a great man with great abilities for such ignorance and religious blindness.
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abdulrahman
20-06-2013 05:28pm
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Don't Distort Facts
Al Ahram On Line! you are distorting facts by saying el Baradei as long time opposition leader. All along during Mubarak rule, he was in the UN because Mubarak sent him. He joined the opposition only after the revolution was at full intensity. That total up to about three and a half years. For a politician that is too short to be long. Are trying to glorify him?. Did he ever utter any adverse comments about Mubarak then?. You know who were the people struggling against the tyrannical regime but certainly not el Baradei or Amr Moussa. They are last minute riders of the revolution and now want to be at the steering wheel. If Egyptians don't come to their senses, then Good Luck to them.
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abdulrahman
20-06-2013 04:55pm
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Members Of Mubarak' s Regime Feel They Are Fit As Prime Minister
El Baradei accuses MB they will "burn" Egypt if he becomes PM while Amr Moussa says MB prevented his appointment as Prime Minister. The elitist Egyptians and the opposition supporters believe them. These two were soundly thrashed in the Presidential elections and they could not get much support either in the annulled Parliamentary elections. These people are not living in real world. In democracy, losers don't become rulers. Only under Mubarak, he himself and all his party candidates won all elections. These two gentlemen cannot shed the undemocratic mentality of Mubarak. El Baradei and Amr Moussa! Both of you must stsand ion elections where you don't have opponents. Surely you will win. It is pitiful that there are young Egyptians following these political jokers. Time these youngsters realize these people are anti democracy.
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A democrat
20-06-2013 04:05pm
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Pitiful attitude
As a foreign observer who was in Egypt in 2011 and 2012, I can say this gentleman always expected SCAF to hand in power to him on a silver plate, regardless of electoral results. He is just resentful. Now he is toying with a very delicate political situation, seemingly unaware that a renewed chaos will bring ruin to him as well. Secularists and Liberals should be campaigning for parliamentary elections, not presidential ones. Only when they change their focus will they be taken seriously.
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Al-Misry
19-06-2013 06:37pm
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Hopeless with 1919 Mentality
Here he comes out the clown. He thinks Egypt should be managed by him not by politics not by elections but inheritance from SCAF. If what he says is true that MB made SCAF to get scared. Who are they then SNF led by this clown. Why are you flying in front of elephant 's nose ? MB promised justice for all Egyptians and democratic processes and we have no reason to doubt about that. MB would be happy to have Parliamentary elections next week when this is established week after we can have a presidential elections. We have to do first thing first..... president can only come from one group..... parliamentary represents the whole Egyptian society....
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ali
20-06-2013 11:34am
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True
All of these clowns are getting desparate and theyre always to harm Egypts progress. They think of toppling an elected president who's been voted twice by Egyptians (presidential and constitutional election) and yet they want to create instability for countries progress. I hope they don't become foolish and underestimate the resolve of the MB and their supporters because if push comes to shove there are no powers stop them except Allah(swt)
Al Masreya
20-06-2013 08:17am
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Are You Serious??
Do you really believe that we have " no reason to doubt" the democtratic processes? What guarantees would be in place for fair parliament elections? We have had no fair elections since January 25th!
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