Mursi’s plan to hold Parliamentary elections ‘a recipe for disaster:’ ElBaradei

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Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi’s decision to call for parliamentary elections on April 27 amidst ongoing political turmoil is an “irresponsible step” that will drag the country into “disaster,” opposition leader and former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Friday.

In a statement posted on his Twitter account ElBaradei said: “Mursi's decision to go for parliamentary elections amidst severe societal polarization and eroding state authority is a recipe for disaster.”

ElBaradei further argued that “insisting on polarization, marginalization and oppression, with the absence of a clear vision, management, credibility and justice, along with what we see now of security and economic deterioration is our way to abyss.”

On Thursday, Mursi announced that the parliamentary election will start April 27 and finish in late June, aiming the elections would mark an end to Egypt’s transitional phase.

The election comes at a time when Egypt is gripped by unrest, insecurity and a crippling economic crisis and the country is deeply divided between Mursi’s mainly Islamist supporters and a liberal-led opposition.

According to a presidential decree, the first stage of voting will take place in five provinces including Cairo on April 27 and 28, with a run-off scheduled for May 4 and 5.

Last week, Egypt’s opposition National Salvation Front, in which ElBaradei is among its main leaders, said it would boycott the upcoming legislative election unless Mursi finds a “comprehensive solution” to the crisis.

The main coalition of parties and movements opposing the ruling Islamists called for the creation of a “national salvation” government, saying that otherwise it will “not participate in the next parliamentary elections.”

It called for the formation of a new national salvation government, a committee of judges to amend to constitution it deems “void” and the firing of the prosecutor general appointed by Mursi.

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