Mohamed ElBaradei is the name on everyone’s lips in Egypt, as the man most likely to lead the country’s transitional government.
He was present when armed forces commander General Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi announced the military takeover on July 3. Shortly after, ElBaradei spoke on state television to tell Egyptians he supported the roadmap.
He returned to Egypt in 2010 after 30 years working for the United Nations. He has been head of the UN nuclear watchdog and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
He also served on the negotiating team at the historic Camp David peace talks that led to Egypt’s peace treaty and diplomatic relations with Israel.
He played a key role in the protests that removed Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011. In 2012, he launched a new political party which he said would be above ideology.
As an opposition leader he urged Egyptians to oust Mursi. This week, the 71-year old was chosen by the main alliance of anti-Mursi groups, the National Salvation Front, to represent them and to negotiate on their behalf.
A source close to ElBaradei described him as an international figure, who is popular with young people and would include all political forces.