ElBaradei: New cabinet should be granted full powers

Presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei renewed calls on Tuesday to grant the prime minister's cabinet full powers.

Prime Minister Essam Sharaf announced he would reshuffle his cabinet after protesters demanded faster reforms. The new ministers are scheduled to be sworn into office on Tuesday. 

ElBaradei, Social Democratic Party leaders and other political forces held a press conference on Monday to discuss a number of political issues.

ElBaradei said the conference aimed to reconcile intellectual and ideological differences.

"I came here as an Egyptian national who is greatly concerned about the progress of the revolution amid random decisions," ElBaradei said.

He added that it is necessary to put Egypt on the right track and stressed that its people should be granted authority.

"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces does not have political experience," he said, adding that the military council must appoint an advisory board.

ElBaradei denied forging political alliances with other political forces and said he is only trying to reconcile different ideologies to guarantee the establishment of a state based on freedom and social justice.

He expressed desires to postpone parliamentary elections until November, saying such a decision would give new parties an opportunity to communicate with the people.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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