ElBaradei: Egyptian President Must Rescind New Powers

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CAIRO (AP) - Leading democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei says dialogue with Egypt's Islamist president is not possible until he rescinds his decrees giving himself near absolute powers.

Speaking to a handful of journalists, including The Associated Press, ElBaradei says he is hoping for a "smooth transition without plunging the country into a cycle of violence."

But he says that may not be possible unless President Mohammed Morsi rescinds the decrees.

ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace laureate for his past work as the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, has formed a "National Salvation Front" with other liberal and secular leaders, trying to unify the opposition against Morsi.

In the decrees issued this week, Morsi put himself above judicial scrutiny.

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