Who is Mohamed ElBaradei?
Mohamed ElBaradei, an Egyptian-born lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner, headed the International Atomic Energy Agency for 12 years. He gained attention when he became the West’s main way of negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program. His star rose as European diplomacy stalled and as American credibility on atomic intelligence declined.
Since his return to Egypt in February 2010, he has been seen by disillusioned Egyptians as a symbol of change and by many more as the most serious challenger to President Hosni Mubarak’s 29-year hold on power.
Despite only sporadic engagement with the country’s political scene, Dr. ElBaradei’s pronouncements have carried considerable weight.
As one of Egypt’s most prominent opposition leaders, Mr. ElBaradei in September 2010 issued the strongest call to date for a widespread boycott of parliamentary elections in the falll.