Saturday, January 14, 2012
ElBaradei withdraws candidacy out of protest against Egyptian military
Mohamed ElBaradei pulled out of the race for the Egyptian presidency on Saturday, saying "the previous regime" was still running the country. “I have decided not to run for the post of the president of the republic,” the former head of the UN nuclear watchdog said in a statement distributed by his electoral campaign.
ElBaradei said the conditions for a fair election are not in place, and denounced what he called the military's failure to put the country on the path to democracy. "My conscience does not permit me to run for the presidency or any other official position unless it is within a democratic framework,” he said.
The Nobel laureate praised the revolutionary youths who led massive popular uprisings that ousted Mubarak last year but said "the former regime did not fall."