ElBaradei discusses post-Mubarak with US, Britain

1st February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Egyptian dissident and former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei has discussed with US and British diplomats possible "post-Mubarak" scenarios, an Egyptian political source told AFP on Tuesday.

ElBaradei held telephone discussions with US ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey and British ambassador Dominic Asquith, the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Washington confirmed that Scobey spoke to the former globe-trotting diplomat for the first time since he flew back to Egypt as public unrest and demonstrations mounted against the 30-year strongman rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

ElBaradei proposed that newly appointed vice president and former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman take over as interim president during which time parliament could be dissolved and the constitution amended ahead of general elections, the source said.

Another option proposed by ElBaradei was to form a presidential council of three people -- a military man and two civilians -- to manage the transition period once Mubarak has stepped down.

© 2011 AFP

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