ElBaradei warns of 'electoral fraud'
Mohamed ElBaradei, the former IAEA chief, says his nomination for Egyptian presidency would bring about "electoral fraud" by the incumbent party NDP, Press TV reported.
"In light of current circumstances, if I am nominated in the upcoming presidential elections, they will commit electoral fraud, giving me 35 per cent of the votes," DPA quoted ElBaradei as saying.
ElBaradei, who has been considered by the leftist opposition to run for president in the 2011 election, believes his nomination would give "the regime the only thing it is looking for, which is legitimacy."
ElBaradei made the remarks as elections for the Shura council, the Upper House of Parliament in Egypt, closed on Wednesday, with the ruling National Democratic Party having won 66 of the 74 seats, in a sweeping majority.
ElBaradei referred to the results of the Parliament elections as "evidence of the ruling regime's corruption."
The Egyptian Constitution requires ElBaradei to be a member of a licensed political party for a year before he can nominate for presidency.
ElBaradei has been head of the opposition party, National Coalition for Change, since his return to Egypt that was welcomed by thousands of opposition activists who wanted him to nominate for presidency.