Elbaradei

by Patrick Appel

ElBaradei addresses the crowd inĀ in Tahrir Square:

"Change is coming in the next few days," ElBaradei told the crowd, according to Reuters.

"You have taken back your rights and what we have begun cannot go back... We have one main demand - the end of the regime and the beginning of a new stage, a new Egypt."

"I bow to the people of Egypt in respect. I ask of you patience."

Max Fisher asks:

Should the U.S. keep its distance from Mohamed ElBaradei, whom opposition groups are unifying behind to take over at interim president? The Obama administration would likely be very happy to see the liberal, internationally minded ElBaradei take over. But an official U.S. endorsement of ElBaradei for interim president, some U.S.-based analysts warn, could tar him for many Egyptians. Part of Mubarak's unpopularity comes from the Egyptian perception that he is an American puppet. A June 2010 Pew report finds a 17 percent favorability rating for the U.S. among Egyptians, down from 27 percent the year before.

(Photo via the Lede)

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