The new national security adviser has been called a "serial abuser," a "kiss-up, kick-down sort of guy" who "abuses his authority with little people."
Mohamed ElBaradei, a top leader of a liberal coalition that mounted a successful campaign to depose Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, took office Sunday as interim vice president.
The National Salvation Front, which Nobel Peace Prize-winner Mohamed ElBaradei was leading until he was named Egypt's new deputy president, has joined the Muslim Brotherhood and the anti-Brotherhood Tamarod movement in rejecting President Adli Mansour's transition decree.
Mohamed Morsi is the first freely elected president of Egypt, according to his party, the Muslim Brotherhood But the Islamist candidate, who beat out the man anointed by former dictator Hosni Mubarak in a runoff election Monday, may have few powers to exercise.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s zeal for political power bears responsibility for the likelihood that a Mubarak-era holdover will win the Egyptian presidency, and the revolutionary youth defanged themselves by refusing to establish political representation, prominent dissident Mohamed ElBaradei told The Guardian.
Mohamed ElBaradei, the Egyptian reform leader, dropped out of the presidential race on Saturday, rebuking the military for failing to engender social conditions in which Egyptian democracy could be possible.
Egyptian security forces killed at least three demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday as troops moved against huge crowds protesting the military’s attempts to grant itself permanent governmental powers a week before the first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections.
To his fellow Egyptians and to most observers across the world, Mohamed ElBaradei looks like a hero -- an international diplomat who might well have lived out his days in the comforts of Geneva and New York but instead returned home to provide leadership despite serious personal peril.
Former U.N. nuclear watchdog head, Nobel laureate and likely candidate for his country's presidency, Mohamed ElBaradei has continued to position himself as a leading political figure in Egypt by taking part in a large-scale protest Friday over the death of a man at the hands of plainclothes policemen.