ElBaradei tweets that Egypt's current roadmap to civilian govt is a 'travesty'

Ahram Online, Saturday 18 Feb 2012

Former presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei insists a constitution is needed before elections to set presidential authorities

Mohamed ElBaradei
Mohamed ElBaradei is seen at his office after announcing his plans to end his presidential bid in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. (AP /Ahmed Gomaa)

Former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, tweeted Saturday his dismay over Egypt's current roadmap towards a civilian government.

ElBaradei wrote from his official Twitter account: "Election of a president before constitution defining political system is a travesty. Always going against the tide & always paying for it."

When roadmaps for a transition of power from military to civilian rule were being proposed and voted on, ElBaradei championed drafting a new constitution first, to then be followed by elections. This was rejected through a national referendum, which dictated that Parliament elections take place first.

After parliamentary elections, ElBaradei again pressed for drafting a constitution first before elections for president begin. ElBaradei insists that the president's powers need to be set first via a constitution.

Officials have, however, declared that the constitution will be drafted in parallel to presidential elections; implying that the constitution will still be in the making by the time a president is in office.

ElBaradei had previously laid out his roadmap, which would have had the parliament elect a temporary president to take over power from Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) until a constitution is drafted. 

ElBaradei had withdrawn from the presidential race criticising the roadmap set by the ruling military junta.

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