ElBaradei quits in protest at crackdown

August 15, 2013 - 1:18:46 am

CAIRO: Egypt’s interim vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned yesterday after the security forces violently broke up protest camps set up by supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Mursi.

In a resignation letter to Interim President Adly Mansour, ElBaradei said that “the beneficiaries of what happened today are those who call for violence, terrorism and the most extreme groups”.

“As you know, I saw that there were peaceful ways to end this clash in society, there were proposed and acceptable solutions for beginnings that would take us to national consensus,” he wrote. 

“It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear. I cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood.”

ElBaradei was named vice president after the army ousted Mursi on July 3. He had first been tipped to lead the cabinet, but that was rejected by the ultra-conservative Salafist party Al Nur.Reuters