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ElBaradei Says Egypt at 'Bottom' of World

Monday, 22 Feb 2010 09:18 AM


Egypt’s Nobel peace-prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei said his country is “at the bottom of the international community” and called on President Hosni Mubarak to ease curbs on election candidates.

Nearly six decades after the fall of the monarchy, Egypt is rife with corruption and economic mismanagement, and lags smaller countries such as Israel in innovation and technology, ElBaradei said in a live television interview on privately owned Dream TV in Cairo last night. He urged Mubarak, in power since 1981, to lift “unreasonable” restrictions on candidates for the presidency before next year’s election.

ElBaradei returned to Egypt on Feb. 19 after leaving his post as head of the United Nations nuclear agency last year. He was met at the airport by hundreds of Egyptians urging him to run for the presidency of the country, a key U.S. ally and the most populous Arab nation. A group on the social networking Web site Facebook calling on him to stand has nearly 80,000 members.

“He must declare clearly that he intends to run and that he will work with all national powers that want change to achieve the needed conditions,” political commentator Hamdi Kandil wrote today in the privately owned daily newspaper Al Masry Al Youm.

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