Egypt's Brotherhood gathers signatures for ElBaradei

Muslim Brotherhood, has set up a website to help potential presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei gather support in his campaign for change and political reform.

Egypt's Brotherhood gathers signatures for ElBaradei

Egypt's biggest opposition bloc, the Muslim Brotherhood, has set up a website to help potential presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei gather support in his campaign for change and political reform.

The website, also joined by other opposition groups, has collected almost 3,000 signatures since its launch late on Wednesday.

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.

Since his arrival in Egypt in February, ElBaradei, 68, has been on a signature drive that has gathered about 72,000 names.

"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," Essam el-Erian, a member of the Brotherhood's shura council, told Reuters. "The Brotherhood's initiative will energise the signature drive."

The petition lists seven demands, two of which call for constitutional changes to allow independents to run for president and lifting emergency laws which critics say are used by the government as a tool to stifle dissent.

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.

Reuters

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