Egypt's Brotherhood collects 100,000 signatures for Baradei reform bid

Egypt's biggest opposition bloc, the Muslim Brotherhood, said it has colected up to 100,000 signatures for ElBaradei, according to a report.

Egypt's Brotherhood collects 100,000 signatures for Baradei reform bid

 

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt's biggest opposition bloc, the Muslim Brotherhood, said it has colected up to 100,000 signatures for pro-reform statement of expected presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei, according to Al-Masry al-Youm.

The organization said that such a swift development proves that Egyptians are responding well to the signature-gathering campaign launched by the National Asosciation for Change (NAC), which only started 14 days ago via the internet, the report said.

ElBaradei, the former chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, says he may run in the 2011 presidential election if constitutional reforms were introduced.

Existing rules make it almost impossible for an independent to get on the ballot.
The NAC also launched last Thursday a nation-wide door-knocking campaign to gather hand signatures for the petition.

Campaigners have targeted to gather one million signatures for the reform statement within a three-month period ending in October.

The statement calls for ending the state of emergency, enabling the judiciary to fully supervise the election process, giving all candidates in the presidential election equal time in the media, giving expatriate Egyptians the right to vote, and opening up the way for nominations for the presidency.

Earlier in the month, Brotherhood set up a website for El-Baradei campaign and also joined the groups who collected the signatures.

Essam el-Erian, a member of the Brotherhood's shura council, has told Reuters "This is a campaign to help boost ElBaradei's signature drive which had momentum in the beginning but has been slowing in the last two months.”

"The Brotherhood's initiative will energise the signature drive."

The Brotherhood has the biggest grassroots network among opposition groups through its health and social projects. It said last month it sought to gather a million signatures in ElBaradei's support.

President Hosni Mubarak, 82, has no designated successor and has not said if he will seek another term in the 2011 vote. If he does not, he is expected to hand power to his son Gamal, 46.

The Brotherhood controls a fifth of the lower house of parliament. It won no seats in upper house polls in May.

 

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