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14.08.2013 Egypt

Egypt VP, Nobel laureate ElBaradei announces resignation

By AFP
Egypt's interim vice president Mohamed ElBaradei, pictured on June 27, 2013.  By  (AFP/File)Egypt's interim vice president Mohamed ElBaradei, pictured on June 27, 2013. By (AFP/File)
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CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian vice president, Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, announced his resignation in a letter to the interim president on Wednesday seen by AFP.

The resignation comes after scores were killed in a crackdown by security forces on loyalists of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

"It has become too difficult to continue bearing responsibility for decisions I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear," ElBaradei said.

He said his conscience was troubled over the loss of life "particularly as I believe it could have been avoided".

"Unfortunately those who gain from what happened today are those who call for violence and terror, the extremist groups," he said.

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