Egypt Independent

ElBaradei: Shafiq’s nomination represents continuation of Mubarak regime

Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq’s intention to run for presidency is an indication that Mubarak’s regime is still in place, said presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei on Wednesday.

“When Mubarak’s prime minister, who was ousted by the revolution, announces his intention to run for the presidency of revolutionary Egypt, this means the former regime is still alive,” said ElBaradei on his Twitter account. He concluded his post on an optimistic note, however. "The revolution will triumph," he wrote.

In a statement to the Kuwaiti Gazette on Wednesday, Shafiq denied he was the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ (SCAF) candidate for presidential elections.

He said that following his service as prime minister, he decided to retire from public life, but the decline in Egypt’s security and economic situation made him consider running for president.

In a seminar last week in Cairo, Shafiq demonstrated his strong ties with the SCAF. “We are chummy,” he said, though he denied that the military endorsed him for president.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm