ElBaradei wants broad alliance

2011-07-26 22:21

Cairo - Egypt's top reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has called for a broad coalition of political forces, including the Islamists, to contest the first elections since the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak.

There are sharp divisions between different political factions and the military rulers on how to transition to democracy. Many liberals fear well-organized Islamist groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, could win big in elections expected in November and gain power over drafting a new constitution.

There is a growing fear that former regime figures could make a strong showing in the vote under a new election law which leaves room for vote buying.

ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace laureate, says Egypt can't afford the divisions.

- AP
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