ElBaradei says appointing VP, new PM not enough

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, January 29, 2011 16:02 EDT
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Leading Egyptian dissident Mohamed ElBaradei said on Saturday that the appointment of a vice president and a new prime minister in Egypt was not enough to end a revolt against President Hosni Mubarak’s rule.

He also urged Mubarak to leave Egypt as soon as possible for the good of the country, in comments to Al Jazeera television.

ElBaradei was speaking after intelligence chief Omar Suleiman was sworn in as vice president and Mubarak tasked former air force chief Ahmed Shafiq to form a cabinet.

“I have respect for Suleiman and Shafiq, but replacing individuals is not enough,” the former UN nuclear watchdog chief said.

“I tell President Mubarak and his regime to leave Egypt as soon as possible. It will be better for Egypt and for you,” he added.

Massive anti-government riots demanding the end of Mubarak’s 30-year-rule swept the country for a fifth day running on Saturday.

A curfew has been installed in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez but largely ignored, while the army was asked to step in to maintain the peace.

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