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UPDATE: Lawyers' syndicate denies stripping ElBaradei of membership

Head of Egypt's lawyers' syndicate Ashour refutes earlier statements by administrator that ElBaradei can no longer practice in his home country

Ahram Online , Monday 30 Sep 2013
Former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei
Former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei (Photo: Reuters)
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Head of Egypt's lawyers' syndicate Sameh Ashour has denied media reports that Egypt's former interim vice president Mohamed ElBaradei had been stripped of his membership, state news agency MENA reported.

The former interim vice president – who has held a law degree for over four decades but opted to pursue a diplomatic career – only registered as a syndicate member last year.

Syndicate official Salah Saleh had announced earlier on Monday that the named of both ElBaradei along with Ayman Nour, head of the liberal Ghad Party, were expunged from the list of members.

The measure came as part of a broad move by the syndicate to reset membership list and exclude those who violate the registration requirements, Saleh had said.

Thousands of names have reportedly been removed from the member list over the past year, according to media reports.

ElBaradei, who is currently in Europe, is being accused by critics of "betrayal of trust" over his resignation from the interim government after the killing of hundreds of Mohamed Morsi supporters in August.

ElBaradei, a co-leader of the secular National Salvation Front (NSF) and one of Egypt's most prominent liberal politicians, gave his blessings to the army's popularly-backed overthrow of Morsi on 3 July following mass protests against his year-long rule.

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