Egyptian dissident Mohammed ElBaradei on Friday proposed a new political timetable for the country, amid growing discontent over the military rulers’ handling of the transition from Hosni Mubarak’s rule.
The ex-UN nuclear watchdog chief called for the newly elected “parliament to elect an interim president immediately”, followed by the formation of a panel to draft a new constitution.
In a statement on his Facebook page, ElBaradei said the new charter “must define the political system and guarantee a civil state, rights and freedoms.”
A president would then be elected “whose powers are defined by the new constitution” followed by elections for a new parliament, he said.
“After a year of fumbling, it is time to agree on correcting the course,” he said.
Earlier this month, ElBaradei announced his withdrawal from the presidential race, saying he could not run because there is still no real democracy.
His decision was deemed a blow to the ruling military that took power when Mubarak was ousted in February last year.
“My conscience does not allow me to run for the presidency or any other official position unless there is real democracy,” he said in a statement.
He charged that old regime figures still ruled the country, accused them of repressive tactics and criticized what he said were “botched” moves to draw up a constitution before the election later this year of a new president.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has repeatedly pledged to cede full powers to civilian rule when a president is elected by the end of June, but there is widespread belief that the military wants to maintain a political role in the future.
The military has also come under fire over its human rights record and faced accusations that it has resorted to Mubarak-era tactics to stifle dissent.