ElBaradei to exchange ideas with expats on Germany trip

Egyptian presidential hopeful and former International Atomic Energy Agency Director Mohamed ElBaradei left Cairo Thursday for a two-day visit to Munich, Germany.

State-owned Al-Ahram's website said ElBaradei seeks to brief Egyptian expatriates of his views about the country's situation and to listen to their opinions.

The website quoted sources close to ElBaradei as saying that he might take part in some energy-related events during his visit and may also travel to other countries.

ElBaradei has been busy meeting with political and religious leaders lately including Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, senior Sufi Muslim clerics, the liberal Wafd Party and the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party.

ElBaradei ranked first in the ruling military council's Facebook opinion poll of potential presidential candidates and is widely viewed as one of the front-runners in the race, although candidates have not yet been officially registered. Islamic thinker Mohamed Selim al-Awa ranked second in the poll.

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