FACTBOX-Nobel laureate and former IAEA chief ElBaradei

Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:47pm GMT
 

Jan 27 (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei headed back to Egypt to join demonstrators trying to oust President Hosni Mubarak, in power since 1981.

Here are some facts about the 68-year-old veteran diplomat.

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-- ElBaradei returned to Egypt in Feb. 2010 to an exuberant welcome from supporters who hoped he would stir up Egyptian politics by running for president in 2011. Days after retiring from the IAEA, ElBaradei had said that a decision on entering the 2011 presidential race in Egypt would depend on guarantees of a fair election.

-- He laid out some conditions for mounting a campaign, including a demand for a new constitution that would better respect human rights and put checks on power.

-- Last June he called on supporters to campaign for a change in the constitution to allow a democratic succession to Hosni Mubarak. Up to 3,500 Egyptians rallied in Fayoum, south of Cairo, to support him.

-- He said in September 2010 that the leadership of the country would change in the next year and called for a boycott of parliamentary polls last November as they would be rigged.

-- ElBaradei said on Thursday it was time for President Hosni Mubarak to go.   Continued...

 
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