Egypt's ex-VP ElBaradei breaks silence to push for revolution goals

Ahram Online, Tuesday 17 Sep 2013

Breaking post-resignation silence, former VP Mohamed ElBaradei asks Constitution Party's youth to remain faithful to goals of Egypt's revolution

Mohamed ElBaradei (Photo: AP)

Egypt’s former vice-president Mohamed ElBaradei on Tuesday called on his party’s young members to remain faithful to the goals of the Egyptian revolution.

ElBaradei is the founder of Egypt's liberal Constitution Party that was launched in April 2012.

In his first public comments since his resignation, ElBaradei said via Twitter that “in these critical times,” he still “hopes that the Constitution Party’s youth will set the revolution's objectives as their goal.”

He added that he hopes the party’s young members “will set an example in the fields of social work and reunification in a nation that embraces all.”

ElBaradei resigned on 14 August in protest over violence that ensued throughout the day. On 14 August, hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters were killed in the security forces' dispersal of their two Cairo sit-ins.

They were protesting for weeks against the army’s move to remove Islamist president Mohamed Morsi amid mass protests against him.

"It has become hard for me to keep bearing responsibility for decisions that I did not approve of and warned against their consequences," ElBaradei said in his resignation letter. "I cannot be responsible before God for a single drop of blood."

ElBaradei, a long-time diplomat and leading member of Egypt’s secular political umbrella group, the National Salvation Front, supported Morsi’s removal.

He has repeatedly warned against adopting a security solution to the country’s political crisis, calling for national reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood members and political inclusion of all forces.  

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