LONDON - Egyptians must overcome economic and political differences to unite and put the country on the path to democracy and away from military rule, former presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei said on Wednesday.
"It is time to set aside our differences. We need the strength of a unified Egypt: ensuring judicial independence, protecting media freedom and civil society, and tapping Egypt's potential as an emerging market," ElBaradei wrote in the Financial Times of London.The former head of the UN nuclear agency gave his backing to the Muslim Brotherhood, a well organized Islamist group, which he believes will "embrace other political factions, support free markets and be pragmatic."
Egypt's ruling military council, eager to relinquish power as soon as possible, has indicated that parliamentary elections could happen as soon as September, to be followed by a presidential election.
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