Analysts: ElBaradei resignation will cost him political future

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Mohammad ElBaradei’s resignation on Wednesday as Egypt’s interim vice president was poorly timed and will cost him his political future, analysts said.

ElBaradei resigned after authorities forcibly dispersed sit-ins by supporters of ousted President Mohammad Mursi, which resulted in several hundred dead and thousands wounded.

“It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear. I cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood,” Reuters quoted ElBaradei as saying.

The grassroots Tamarod movement said the resignation was “an escape from national responsibility,” Al Arabiya reported.

“Through his resignation, ElBaradei is sending out a message against the government and the people,” Dr Azzazi Ali Azzazi, general coordinator of the National Salvation Front, told Al Arabiya.

“It cost him his national reputation and his post, through which he could’ve defended the tenants of the Egyptian revolution abroad,” Azzazi said.

He described the resignation as “national suicide” at a time when Egypt needs unity and cooperation.

Appointing ElBaradei as vice president was wrong to begin with, said Amro Ali, a leader of the Democratic Front Party.

The job entailed representing Egypt abroad, but ElBaradei did not visit any country while in office, Ali added, calling on the former vice president to leave politics.

“ElBaradei’s political future has significantly retreated now after his recent resignation,” journalist Helmy al-Nemnem told Al Arabiya.

He described ElBaradei as “incompetent and incapable of taking on a national and political responsibility.”

Nemnem said unconfirmed leaks of a plan by ElBaradei confirmed that he had proposed the release of Mursi and all Muslim Brotherhood leaders in exchange for their peaceful participation in the political process.

“This same idea was put forward by the U.S. government, and was rejected by both the Egyptian people and the current Egyptian government,” said Nemnem.

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