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VP ElBaradei says 'time to end polarisation' in Egypt

Interim vice-president calls for tolerance amid ongoing pro-Morsi sit-in and pro-army rallies in Cairo

Ahram Online, Saturday 27 Jul 2013
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VP Mohamed ElBaradei (Photo: Reuters)
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Interim Vice-President Mohamed ElBaradei has called for an end to the "polarisation" in Egypt following Mohamed Morsi's removal from power.

"It is time that we end this miserable state of polarisation using rational means. We have to be tolerant so that [Egyptian men and women] can build Egypt," ElBaradei said via Twitter.

Earlier on Friday, the former leading member of Egypt’s National Salvation Front (NSF) said that "non-violence, rule of law… and reconciliation based on inclusiveness are key principles to adhere to during this difficult time."

On Friday, millions took to the streets in Cairo to heed calls by Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to give the army and the police a "mandate" to combat "violence and terrorism."

Since the popularly-backed removal of the former president on 3 July, clashes between supporters and opponents of the deposed president have left more than100 dead on both sides.

On Thursday, the army gave the Muslim Brotherhood until Saturday to sign up to national reconciliation as a way out of the current political strife. 

Thousands of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, also took to the streets to call for the president’s reinstatement. They also have maintained a sizeable vigil outside the Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo's populous Nasr City district for close to a month in protest. 

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abdulrahman
27-07-2013 08:00pm
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Sort Of Contradictions By Terrorist El Baradei
Baradei and gang demonstrated throughout the one year of Morsi rule. At that time he did not have the common sense to accept the ballot box. Now he is an illegal vice President of Egypt and calling brotherhood to have common sense and be rational. He and partners are branding the MB as terrorists while the peaceful protests are being attacked leaving more than 120 protesters killed. There is no doubt that the illegal regime is a terrorist organization.
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Yussuf Muktar
27-07-2013 04:55pm
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Elbaradie destroys Egypt.
As a lawyer, have you not learned to the importance of being an opposition leader in a country? Why were you not contented with your opposition. Couldn't you accept defeat and wait for a second chance instead of taking part in an illegitimate military-appointed rule? Don't you see the consequence of this bloody coup that you are blindly following because of sheer greed for power. Let me teach you one simple lesson: The sweetness of power is only felt when love of people escorts the leader to retirement. Nelson Mandela achieved it. It is my fear the likes of you and Sisi may end up in Gadaffi scenario.
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Al-Misry
27-07-2013 05:56am
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Hopeless
You instigated an army take over via CNN interview. All the deaths are in your hand. You will be accountable for the shedding Egyptian blood. There is no point in tweeting. We can see you are naive and lost in the system. Should you care Egypt resign from the coup. You are a hostage with army. You have no voice and irrelevant. Get out now .. Unless they will shoot you by doing so.
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nikrahmat
27-07-2013 04:06am
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Your law degree is wotthless!
Hey El Baradei, you a lawyer, of all people, should have known that a coup d'etat is an illegal takeover of a legitimate government. Where did you obtain your law degree?
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