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23 May 2017 22:40 (South Africa)

ElBaradei a pigeon among cats in possible presidency bid

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

Mohamed ElBaradei , the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, says he will only run as an independent candidate in Egypt's 2011 presidential elections - if he decides to participate at all. Speculation is rife that he might run on behalf of an opposition party, but it seems the ex-chief of the world’s nuclear watchdog doesn’t find Egypt’s political institutions democratic enough. He’s also stymied by the rules for getting his name on the ballot. To be eligible to run for president, ElBaradei has to have been leader for a year of a party represented in parliament. Earlier, ElBaradei, a former Nobel Peace Prize laureate, called for a new constitution that better respects human rights and puts checks on power. Current Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power for nearly 30 years, wants to pass it on to his politician son. It seems as if ElBaradei should just stay out of it. Read more: Reuters, Reuters, Los Angeles Times

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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