ElBaradei attacks Morsy govt, warns Egyptian society ‘collapsing’

Mohamed ElBaradei, founder of the Dostour Party, said he would not enter into a dialogue with President Mohamed Morsy’s administration in the absence of an independent Cabinet capable of supervising elections, a credible prime minister, an independent prosecutor general and a committee to draft a new election law.

During the closing session of the Popular Current’s economic conference, ElBaradei claimed that the collapse of Egyptian society was imminent, as evidenced by extreme sectarian violence and the Muslim Brotherhood’s attack on the charter for women’s rights that was recently put forward by the United Nations. Morsy’s administration is incapable of running the country, he declared.

There is no real legislative authority, as the Shura Council is unqualified to hold that role, ElBaradei continued.

He also claimed that in the absence of any kind of governmental transparency, there is no true executive authority.

The executive authority that is in place is assaulting the judiciary by interfering in the Supreme Judiciary Council’s decision to remove the Morsy-apointed Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah from his position, the opposition figure alleged.

Continuing in his criticisms, ElBaradei claimed that the government has been unable to maintain a state of law, and instead depends on violent street militias in an attempt to create order.

The revolution has been hijacked and the Egyptian people are paying the price, he said, adding that the government’s policies are not responding to revolutionary demands, but rather creating deep social divide. The nation cannot be split between an Islamic and civic society, he warned.

ElBaradei added that all humans have the fundamental right to housing, food, medical treatment and education.

He also thanked former presidential candidate and Popular Current head Hamdeen Sabbahi and all the party members for their sense of patriotism and social justice.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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