CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-ElBaradei says sees himself as change agent

Fri Feb 4, 2011 7:33pm GMT
 

(Corrects headline, first, third and fourth paragraph after newspaper amends interview text to omit quote from ElBaradei saying that he will not take part in presidential elections)

VIENNA Feb 4 (Reuters) - Egyptian opposition activist Mohamed ElBaradei could run for president in future elections if asked by the people, an Austrian newspaper reported on Friday.

ElBaradei was also quoted by Der Standard newspaper as saying that President Hosni Mubarak should step down immediately, but that he should be able to do so with "dignity".

"I am an agent for change in Egypt. If it comes, then I would have done my duty. I stand above the parties, which gives me more flexibility to express myself clearly," he said, when asked whether he would stand in presidential elections.

"Naturally I want to play a part in the future, but who stands in the election, that's really not so important at the moment. But if the people want it, of course I would be available." (Reporting by Michael Shields and Sylvia Westall)

 
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