Mubarak should leave to 'save his skin'

2011-02-01 11:41

London - Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel peace laureate emerging as a key figure in protests in Egypt, said in a British newspaper Tuesday President Hosni Mubarak should leave "if he wants to save his skin".

"When a regime withdraws the police entirely from the streets of Cairo, when thugs are part of the secret police, trying to give the impression that without Mubarak the country will go into chaos, this is a criminal act. Somebody has to be accountable," he told The Independent.

"And now, as you can hear in the streets, people are not saying Mubarak should go, they are now saying he should be put on trial. If he wants to save his skin, he better leave."

Egyptian protesters were gathering in their thousands on Tuesday for mass marches in their campaign to oust Mubarak, the biggest uprising in Egypt in three decades, and the army said it would not fire on them.

"I think, ultimately, that the Egyptian army will be with the people," said ElBaradei, a veteran diplomat who retired as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2009 and won the Nobel prize in 2005.

"This is common sense when you see a couple of million people in the street who are representative of 85 million Egyptian people who hate Mubarak, who want to see his back.

"The army is part of the people. And at the end of the day, after anyone takes off his uniform, he is part of the people with the same problems, the same repression, the same inability to have a decent life.

"So eventually, I don't think they are going to shoot their people. And why should they shoot their people? To protect what?"

ElBaradei told the paper he did not want to be president, but when asked if he might consider a transitional presidency for himself until elections, he replied: "If there's a consensus by all people to do whatever they think I can do for them... I will do that."

Despite his criticism of Mubarak's regime, ElBaradei said he had always enjoyed a "very cordial relationship" with the Egyptian president.

"It was one-to-one, just us, and there was no formality. I would tell him what I thought of this or that problem, what might be done. He doesn't really have advisers who have the guts to tell him the truth," he said.

  • The_Truth - 2011-02-01 12:06

    Can we not get the same message accross to JZ and his cronies? "Get out if you want to save your skin"

      Melanie - 2011-02-01 12:15

      I like your thinking... !!

      Sbloggs - 2011-02-01 12:28

      Not as long a we have an electorate of 20 million plus who keep being led like lambs to the slaughter on ridculous promises of job creation, free houses, free education and a "better life for all." Egypt has a large (85million) educated and socially active population who genuinely want political and economic reform. South Africa has over 3 million people on meagre social welfare grants, and so many more STILL waiting for free housing promised to them almost 20 years ago. You do the maths!

      Mutemi - 2011-02-01 12:49

      U must be dreaming, why dont u tel that to Mugabe

      GT - 2011-02-01 13:07

      Have you ever thought that 20 million people has different needs and aspirations to you? I am no JZ or ANC fan, but I can accept that most South African's face a completely different set of problems to what I have in my fairly cushy existence.

      bluewire123 - 2011-02-01 13:14

      Yes lets all vote for the DA. Lets see what have they done for us.... opposed the World Cup, their Economic Policy is to disagree with the ANC's, their Foreign Policy is to disagree with the ANC's, their education policy, yes you guessed it.... Dumb

  • quack - 2011-02-01 12:11

    how u plan on doing that mate ? there are just too many JZ and JM supporters out there, incl the army

  • Shahied - 2011-02-01 12:14

    Leave our elected LEADERS !!!..tell that to the "VERKRAMTE BOERE"..seem that you are one of them !!

  • themantshepo - 2011-02-01 12:16

    if the ANC does not unite black and white in this country we are going to see much worse than this

  • Shahied - 2011-02-01 12:16

    leave our elected leaders...tell that to the "VERKRAMTE BOERE"...seem like you one of them !!

  • Mr Anderson - 2011-02-01 12:20

    Egyptians may be the owners of the revolution, but the owners of ElBaradei himself are busy hijacking that revolution by installing a puppet that will be just as compliant with Egypt continuing as a globalist client state as Mubarak has been for the past 30 years. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

      IceMan - 2011-02-01 13:26

      thats true ... ElBaradei himself does not hold much credibility to the people but just to his puppet masters, though his tenor was under the guise of the UN, he was just a another US puppet. Remember who was involved in the search for those non-existent nuclear weapons in Iraq - SAME GUY

  • nic - 2011-02-01 12:37

    Seems like all dictators go senile after years of being in power. So, now he has ordered the complete shutdown of the Internet. The last working ISP is now also offline. Mobile networks are down. All this does is p!ss the people off even more. Can he not see that there is nothing he can do that will turn this around except to step down and to flee for his life.

  • Stylin - 2011-02-01 12:38

    JZ was elected through a democratic process. If there is a better person for the job than let them stand for elections. At least we have freedom to choose a president in this country these days. I suppose the previosly ousted regime are still coming to terms with majority rules. Sorry for you ! [Im not black, but I support the ANC policies] - I suggect you go and read the freedom charter before you respond..

      Mutemi - 2011-02-01 12:47

      I agree with u Stylin. We have the freedom to choose but those guys in Egypt never had for the past 30 years and thats why there is an uprising. We can say the same for our frends across the Limpopo who also need an uprising of this sort.

      The_Truth - 2011-02-01 12:49

      Stylin, you gullible fool. Matric 2010?

      CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-01 13:13

      Do you mean you support the written ANC policies (very good, very good) but not the unwritten ones (corruption, nepotism, poor service delivery, vote-rigging and vote-buying etcetera ad nauseam). The freedom charter means squat, buddy.... in practical terms the ANC government is busy with a new struggle - the struggle to come to terms with having no ability whatsoever to deal with being in charge and what to do with all the power and riches it now enjoys...

      Lauren - 2011-02-01 13:26

      Stylin, the previously ousted regime is mostly dead, so I doubt they give a shit for the trouble they caused. I think the concern is with service delivery and the other ills that ail the government. People cannot eat your policies, so don't comment too much from your ivory tower. Go walk a day in the shoe of the man who is getting the brunt of the lack of government delivery and then we will talk again about policy.

  • Mr Anderson - 2011-02-01 12:48

    Democracy is not freedom. What gives 50 people the right to decide whats best for 49 others?

      Mzolisto - 2011-02-01 14:32

      The fact that the 49 couldnt get one more to have shared government.

      Mr Anderson - 2011-02-01 15:08

      “The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and ... breaks up the foundations of society.” —Thomas Jefferson

      Mr Anderson - 2011-02-01 15:16

      To Mzolisto: Missed the point entirely

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-01 13:07

    I heard on the radio today an interview where an Eqyptian man said - "we are a very civilised nation, please do not be afraid, we will not harm tourists". But, hey, if someone pisses us off enough, we'll skin him! LOL

  • ZACKIE - 2011-02-01 13:19

    mubarak is a puppet of the USA he must be taken out

      Mr Anderson - 2011-02-01 14:16

      So is ElBaradei

      Zanu - 2011-02-01 15:05

      a puppet is better than the brotherhood who will bring terror to this world like Iran. the west must help the people of Egypt, and defend the western population at the same time.

      Mr Anderson - 2011-02-02 08:19

      Sounds like fear mongering propaganda to me

  • pages:
  • 1