ElBaradei predicts Shafiq Egypt's "new emperor"

Saturday 16-06-2012 12:26 PM
ElBaradei predicts Shafiq Egypt's

Former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei - Reuters


Former Secretary General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei predicts that Ahmed Shafiq, who, he argued, is backed by the ruling military council, will become Egypt's "new emperor".

"We are electing a president without a constitution or parliament - he will become a new emperor; with legislative and executive authorities to tailor laws and amend a constitution based on his own preference", ElBaradei told the British newspaper, The Guardian.

"We are in complete chaos. This mess of assuming good intentions will only lead us back to where we were 18 months ago - but under worse conditions", he added.

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate accused the Muslim Brotherhood of trying to "take the whole cake" after the uprising was awakened, which enabled the ruling military council to hijack the revolution.

"They (the Muslim Brotherhood) should have comprehended that their victory in the parliamentary elections did not reflect the streets' support for them, but was a result of certain political circumstances. They should have collaborated with other factions of the society to form inclusive alliances - but they did not do that", ElBaradei argued.   

He added that while the leading Islamist group initially claimed they wished for a "part of the cake", they gradually tried to conquer the whole cake, which prompted consequences that Egypt has to endure in upcoming days.

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