Now ElBaradei

Update below. Update II.

Obama’s Nobel peace prize colleague of 2005, Mohamed ElBaradei, seems at first sight the only reasonable figure in post-military coup Egypt. The already appointed Prime Minister‘s main task will be organizing new elections for president and parliament. Since it is said that there is no coup in which the U.S. is not involved in essence, Obama himself may have suggested the former IAEA DG, once heavily criticized by his predecessor G.W. Bush for being too lenient with Iran and its, as far as we know, peaceful nuclear program.

ElBaradei is largely unknown to the ordinary Egyptian. Essentially secular, highly professional, and Muslim Brotherhood-critic ElBaradei maybe Egypt’s last best hope although he might not be able to mobilize the devout masses. The country is at the brink of a civil war, though. How he can get control over the army or what the army’s role after the elections will be is absolutely unclear at the moment.  At present, it seems that he won’t run for presidency.

6 July 2013 @ 8:20 pm.

Update, 7 July 2013.

Unsurprisingly, ElBaradei’s nomination as interim PM was immediately challenged by a strong opposition of Islamic fundamentalists. As mentioned above, he is not popular in Egypt. He had been hesitant to engage in Egyptian politics so far and has not expressed his will to run for president before. “The nomination of ElBaradei violates the roadmap that the political and national powers had agreed on with General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,” said Al Nour party’s deputy leader Ahmed Khalil.

Update II.

The White House has quickly rejected claims that Obama himself has urged Adly Mansour to nominate Mohamed ElBaradei. Seems so as if others have had the same clue. Given the latest claims by Obama about his craving of getting whistle blower Edward Snowden (“No wheeling and dealing, not scrambling jets”) when he on the other hand had managed to get European governments deny flyover permits for Bolivian president Morales on his return flight from Moscow one may cast doubt on trustworthiness of his words.

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