Presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei has asked the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to include an article in the constitution protecting the status of Egypt as a secular state.
He said Egypt must be ruled by institutions and not by individuals, adding that the current transition period should not be rushed, as decisions made now will determine Egypt’s political system for the coming 50 years.
He also said the country needs a new constitution and a parliament that truly represents the people, pointing out that the next parliamentary elections would not give all Egyptians an equal say, as most parties are not prepared for an election battle.
“The well-organized forces, such as the remnants of the former regime and the Muslim Brotherhood, have a better chance,” he said, calling for the formation of a presidential council to implement democratic changes and social justice.
He said he would start his presidential campaign once he is ready. “I want to come up with a renaissance project for Egypt and not an electoral program for ElBaradei,” he said.