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By Tammy Bruce
Team Obama's bizarre behavior helps Gitmo terrorists foil justice
Topic - mohamed elbaradei
Egypt's interim administration on Sunday pressed ahead with a military-backed "road map" to return the country to democratic rule, even as the top prosecutor continued his crackdown on senior figures in the Muslim Brotherhood.
The 2011 Arab Spring demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya mushroomed into a revolution, with thousands of people taking to the streets. In Egypt, the economy was faltering and people had long felt disenfranchised.
Egypt is what happens when a nation falls into a vacuum. When Mohammed Morsi was thrown out by the generals, chaos took over, as it often does. The violence there accelerates with unfathomable horror.
An opposition spokesman says pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been named interim prime minister.
Violent protests erupted outside Egypt's capital on Saturday as activists accused police of using excessive force in two cities and running over protesters, including one who was crushed to death by an armored vehicle.
Egypt's chief prosecutor ordered an investigation Thursday into allegations that opposition leaders committed treason by inciting supporters to overthrow Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi fought with rocks, firebombs and sticks outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday in large-scale clashes that marked the worst violence of a deepening crisis over the disputed constitution.
Prominent Egyptian democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei warned Saturday of increasing turmoil that could potentially lead to the military stepping in unless the Islamist president rescinds his new, near absolute powers, as the country's long fragmented opposition sought to unite and rally new protests.
Reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei hailed the end of "the culture of fear" as Egyptians voted for their first democratically elected president but said who wins is less important than establishing national unity.
Troops pulled women across the pavement by their hair, knocking off their Muslim headscarves. Young activists were kicked in the head until they lay motionless in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
The Muslim Brotherhood is seeking to make the most of its position as Egypt's largest and best-organized opposition group after initially declining to participate in the pro-democracy protests that have swept the nation.
Egypt's vice president met a broad representation of major opposition groups for the first time Sunday and offered new concessions including freedom of the press, release of those detained since anti-government protests began nearly two weeks ago and the eventual lifting of the country's hated emergency laws.
Mohamed ElBaradei, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition party to the Egyptian government facing a revolution, on Sunday criticized the United States for its diplomacy, saying it was "behind the curve" in calling for basic, universal values.
Tens of thousands packed central Cairo Friday, waving flags and singing the national anthem, emboldened in their campaign to oust President Hosni Mubarak after they repelled pro-regime attackers in two days of bloody street fights. The U.S. was pressing Egypt for a swift move toward greater democracy, including a proposal for Mr. Mubarak to step down immediately.
The Obama administration on Tuesday opened talks with a possible successor to embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as the U.S. ramped up outreach to the hundreds of thousands determined to force their long-time leader out of power.
In his resignation letter, he pointed out that there were "peaceful ways to end this clash in society."
In his resignation letter to Mr. Mansour, interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei wrote that he "cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood."