Mohamed ElBaradei, the former boss of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the world’s nuclear watchdog, says a decision on his entering Egypt’s 2011 presidential race is contingent on guarantees of a fair election. ElBaradei also laid out other demands, including calling for a new constitution that better respects human rights and put checks on power. Current Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hopes to pass power on to his son. ElBaradei also wants judicial supervision of the vote, UN monitors and equal coverage for all candidates by state media, to indicate a capacity for democratic reform in Egypt. But to be eligible to run for president, ElBaradei would have to hold a leadership post for at least a year in a political party represented in parliament. It’s a nice idea, though, as he is seen to represent a chance for real democracy. Mubarak has been in power for nearly 30 years. Read more: Reuters, Los Angeles Times
While we have your attention...
An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money - though not nearly as much as its absence.
Every article, every day, is our contribution to Defending Truth in South Africa. If you would like to join us on this mission, you could do much worse than support Daily Maverick's quest by becoming a Maverick Insider.
Click here to become a Maverick Insider and get a closer look at the Truth.
Canola oil is named such as to remove the "rape" from its origin as rapeseed oil.