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Asks Morsy to revoke declaration

Mohamed ElBaradei. AFP/File Photo

Official Spokesman of the National Salvation Front and Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei addressed Egyptians on TV Friday night.

In his eight-minute speech, ElBaradei said that everyone in Egypt is grieving because of “the current conditions”.

He asserted that Egyptians [protesting] on the streets are not moved by an individual or party, but by “their conscience as evident by [January 25 2011] revolution.” He stressed the importance of finding a way “for all to live together” through a “representative constitution and parliament” and this can not be done as “proteste continues” . He explained that one has to understand the reasons behind the anger of the Egyptian people as they feel that the goals of the revolution have not been met.

He highlighted the importance of peaceful protesting which he called “the greatness of our revolution” and warned of any group instigating more bloodshed.

He asked President Mohamed Morsy to revoke the constitutional declaration “which almost all Egyptians are against”and to delay the constitutional referendum until Egyptians reach a consensual constitution. “I hope Dr. Morsy has listened to the people’s voice in the last two days [and] to ease current tension.”

El-Bardei asserted that Egypt encompasses all Egyptians, Muslims, Copts, Nubian and Muslim brotherhood members and all have move forward to “build” the country.

“I bet on [Morsy's] patriotism…and if he takes [these two]steps, Egyptians will respond and we can move from this angry phase to a dialogue.”

He assured that Egypt had passed  some “tough conditions” throughout history , but Egyptians prevailed because they are a great nation.

“I am happy and proud to be an Egyptian.”

 

 

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Sara Abou Bakr

Politics editor at Daily News Egypt Twitter: @sara_ab5

  • hajrudin

    this guy is a spy. there were presedential. election. they lost. there will be a referendum. why protest. if you are pro you wote yey, if you are against you vote no.
    those who protest against freely elected President, are Mubaeak supporters. Mubarak era is over.

    • Nahla S

      To HAJRUDIN
      Kindly provide evidence for your gand claim that
      -Baradei is a spy
      -That Morsi is a “freely” elected president,
      -And that “those who protest” against Morsi “are Mubarak supporters”

      Those all seem to be quite incriminating statements and I think we are all interested to learn of the evidence you have that would make you make these matter-of-fact statements.

      I am yet to hear a logical argument from a single pro-Morsi supporter. It seems that for lack of a proper argument, you resort to unfounded accusations, (case-in-point here), or violence.

      By the way, Islam welcomes and tolerated differences of opinion…

      Thank you

    • Nahla S

      To HAJRUDIN
      Kindly provide evidence for your gand claim that
      -Baradei is a spy
      -That Morsi is a “freely” elected president,
      -And that “those who protest” against Morsi “are Mubarak supporters”

      Those all seem to be quite incriminating statements and I think we are all interested to learn of the evidence you have that would make you make these matter-of-fact statements.

      I am yet to hear a logical argument from a single pro-Morsi supporter. It seems that for lack of a proper argument, you resort to unfounded accusations, (case-in-point here), or violence.

      By the way, Islam welcomes and tolerates differences of opinion…

      Thank you

    • Chris

      Most of Egypt opposes the Mubarak era so why would they want the old ways back? Egypt is such a great nation that is dying from within, Egyptians are killing Egyptians which is absolutely mad, the rest of the world is shocked at what is going on right now. How do you expect to build a country that can’t pull together as one nation? I can’t see how Egypt will recover to live in peace for a change!

  • A Husain

    I fully agree with Nahla. Declaring opponents as traitors and spies is the hallmark of poor democracies.
    However, Egypt and other smaller nations must not become puppets of the West and learn to respect their own people’s mandate even by a small majority. The way Western media is trying to add fuel to the Egyptian crisis is too apparent to be ignored by the dullest of minds.
    We must support those who want peace and prosperity and reject those who want chaos and misery. Being a dignified loser contributes more to the development of the nation than creating hurdles in the path of marginal winners.

  • John Saudino

    Dear Mr. Salama,

    Of course you have a point when you mention that at the moment a majority of Egyptians support Mr. Morsy. He did win a NARROW majority in a run off election with a former Mubarak man. But is that the choice. Mubarak dictatorship or Clerical Fascist Islamic dictatorship?

    You are dead wrong when you say that the opposition is not legitimate. Legitimacy and democracy itself are FAR FAR more than just majority rule. A 51% majority of cannibals does not have the right to eat the other 49%. No I am NOT saying that Morsys backers are cannibals, before you misinterpret me, what I am pointing out in this extreme example is the fact that without individual rights democracy is nothing but mob rule.

    The current draft constitution has a lot of good things in it, but it is fatally flawed in that while it espouses fundamental rights its leaves also declares an Islamic Republic. You have seen what that has lead to in Iran. Is that what you want..another Iran a brutal corrupt dictatorship…far far worse than Mubarak?

    When MEN use God to form a government based on religion it is because they WANT TO MAKE THEMSELVES GODS!!! And rule men here on earth as unquestionable brutal fascist dictators.

    That is exactly what article 2,4, 31 and 44 of that constitution are designed to do! Have a look at it. Men will make themselves Gods and will slaughter you!

    Of course Egypt must have its own voice and must work for justice in Palestine and for social justice at home, but you certainly do not need Ayatollah Morsi to lord over you in order to do that.

    Religion is a mater of PERSONAL CHOICE not state law. This is a universal fact…wherever this principle is ignored oppression, stagnation, and barbarism are the consequences.

  • Ramez

    Baradei is working relentlessly to put Egypt on the verge of a civil war. Whatever his views are, the most important thing should be Egypt safety which is clear that it’s the last thing he cares about. His recent attitude is so shameful and very disgusting..

  • Nahla S

    I love how Baradei and other opposition figures are always being referred to as American agents. If Baradei was an American agent he’d have been president by now.

    As for Mr. Ramez, Baradei does not have the power to incite a civil war. But who does have the power to create divisions is Morsi. A strong leaders works as much for his opposers as his supporters. Listening to his opposition does not make him a weak leader, it makes his a strong leader that we can all call our president.

    Unfortunately Morsi’s only example to work from is the Mubarak school of thought: Crush your opposition, and use all media tools to vilify them. And clearly the latter has worked with you, otherwise why would you make such an informed statement as “Baradei is working to put Egypt on the verge of a civil war.” What logical reason would an academic have to justify that?? Think…

    Morsi has succeeded in polarizing the nation, by creating an “Us” and “Them”. If you’re opposed to his policy you’re “Kafer” (infidel), not a person respected for their own views…. Who’s inciting division and civil war then?


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