We always knew ElBaradei was sympathetic to Islamist regimes (mainly Iran) during his term as head of the IAEA, he of course denied it, but now that he’s free of the UN’s shackles look who he teams up with…
CAIRO — Egypt’s leading democracy advocate, Mohamed ElBaradei, defended his alliance with the country’s largest but banned Islamist opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, in an interview broadcast Friday — saying that their ideological differences don’t preclude sharing goals.
The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been at the helm of a burgeoning opposition movement in Egypt, calling for legal and constitutional reforms to allow for free and fair elections and put an end the nearly six-decade old military-backed regime in Egypt.
ElBaradei’s call for reform earlier this year attracted a wide range of groups, including Egypt’s largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood. The group supported ElBaradei’s efforts and collected nearly 90 percent of almost 1 million signatures on a petition calling for reform.
However, critics have said an alliance with the Islamist group may cost ElBaradei his liberal-leaning supporters.
“I am in tune with every Egyptian who believes Egypt needs political and economic reform,” ElBaradei said in the interview with the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite television.
“The Brotherhood and I were honest with one another that we have total ideological and intellectual disagreement but we agree that we are part of this people and we want a democratic Egypt.” He said the group is not seeking to establish a religious state.
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