ElBaradei Quits Egypt Government, Other Liberals Stay
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Egypt's interim vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned on Wednesday after the security forces used force to crush protest camps of supporters of the deposed president Mohamed Mursi, but fellow liberals did not follow suit.
In a resignation letter to Interim President Adly Mansour, the former UN nuclear agency chief said: "The beneficiaries of what happened today are those who call for violence, terrorism and the most extreme groups, Reuters reported.
"As you know, I saw that there were peaceful ways to end this clash in society, there were proposed and acceptable solutions for beginnings that would take us to national consensus," he wrote.
ElBaradei, a Nobel peace prize winner and co-leader of the secular National Salvation Front (NSF), was the most prominent liberal to endorse the military overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi last month following mass protests.
His willingness to participate in the army-installed interim government lent civilian respectability to the takeover.
Other liberals chose to remain in government, at least for now, after at least 235 people were killed in the worst day of violence in Egypt for decades, but several were wrestling with their consciences.
Rumors of other officials' resignations spread but were denied. Deputy prime minister Ziad Bahaa El-Din, another senior NSF figure, told Reuters he had not quit but declined further comment on the political situation at this stage.
Military and diplomatic sources said ElBaradei had made clear in advance he would not stay on board if pro-Mursi protests were dispersed violently.