ElBaradei: Mubarak should step down now with dignity

February 4, 2011 12:58

CAIRO  — Prominent Egyptian reform advocate Mohamed ElBaradei said President Hosni Mubarak should step down now with dignity as thousands of protesters poured into Cairo's main square on Friday.

ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace laureate who has become one of the leaders of Egypt's protest movement, said Mubarak "should hear the clear voice coming from the people and leave in dignity."

He dismissed concessions so far by Mubarak, calling them "piecemeal," adding "it's a question of trust, and the trust is gone."

He told reporters Friday that there should be a year-long transition to democracy under a temporary constitution with a presidential council of several people, including a military representative.

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