Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei has become the unofficial spokesperson for the thousands of Egyptians who have taken to the streets in acts of mass protest against the authoritarian regime of President Hosni Mubarak.
Before the Egyptian government shut down the Internet, ElBaradei was among the most prominent Egyptians expressing his support for the protests onÂ Twitter.Â HisÂ ongoing work to bring fair and open elections to Egypt is embodied in a statement posted on the website of theÂ National Association for Change, a pro-democracy reform groupÂ heÂ helped to found.
This isnÂ’t the first time that Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei has found himself in the global spotlight. In 2005, he was awarded theÂ Nobel Peace Prize for his work as the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). During the run up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, ElBaradei was a frequent thorn in the side of the Bush administration. His belief that Iraq did not have an active nuclear weapons program was validated after the invasion took place and no weapons of mass destruction were found.
With his home surrounded by police loyal to Mubarak, Mohamed ElBaradeiÂ’s own future is uncertain at this time. The recent overthrow of Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali amid mass protests has clearly offered new hope to the Egyptian people, who continue their fight to bring an end to Mubarak’s thirty year rule.
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