ElBaradei says not to run for Egypt presidency
Cairo (CNN) — Egyptian reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei on Saturday ended his bid for president after criticizing the interim military government for its failure to bring about “a real democratic system.”
The Nobel laureate and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency accused the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of mismanaging the interim period that followed the January 25th revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak.
The 69-year-old says he will continue to work with the youth to help fulfill the nation’s hope of freedom, human dignity and social justice.
“Unfortunately, the transition period has been handled in the worst way ever,” he said in a video posted his YouTube channel. “We haven’t seen any changes in the state media, the state media is like it was before, a mouthpiece for the ruling regime and the judicial system has a lot of flaws and needs cleansing.”
ElBaradei also threw harsh criticism at the army’s dealing with protesters since they took over.
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