Egypt Opposition Picks Nobel-Winning Elbaradei as Spokesman

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The Egyptian opposition on Tuesday chose Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed Elbaradei as its “voice” in negotiations with the ruling regime, the local Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

The opposition’s June 30th Front said in a statement that Elbaradei, former director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, would communicate the people’s demands to the authorities.

Elbaradei, who won the Nobel for his work on preventing nuclear energy from being used for military purposes, was chosen as the Egyptian army delivered an ultimatum to President Mohamed Morsi asking him to meet the people’s demands and resolve huge protests against his rule or face an intervention within 48 hours.

Millions of protesters gathered around the country demanding Morsi’s ouster on Sunday, the first anniversary of his presidency.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered outside the presidential palace in Cairo’s Heliopolis district and in Tahrir Square, the focus of the 2011 revolution and the key venue of many opposition rallies.

According to the Egyptian Health Ministry, at least 16 people were killed and more than 600 injured across Egypt in clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents on Sunday night.

 

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