World Bulletin/News Desk
The military overthrown in Egypt of the country's first elected president Mohammad Morsi has led the two winners of the Nobel Peace Prize in the Middle East to oppose each other’s stances on the coup.
The greatest support for the coup in Egypt was given by Mohamed ElBaradei, a presidential candidate who later withdrew from the country’s elections. While word circulated of his becoming Prime Minister, ElBaradei— who stood beside Egyptian Army Chief of Staff Abdulfettah El Sisi during the press conference announcing the coup— was removed from the post just two hours after being declared Prime Minister two days ago. With the appointments completed yesterday, he was giving the position of assistant to the President in foreign affairs.
ElBaradei confessed that he persuaded the rulers of Western countries and UN officials regarding the overthrow of Morsi through a military coup.
ElBaradei was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
TAWAKKUL KARMAN: I WAS DECEIVED, THIS IS A COUP
Nobel Peace Laureate Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman, who supported the anti-Morsi demonstrations in Egypt until the military coup, has apologized for the statements she made in support of the protests which resulted in the toppling of President Morsi by the military.
Karman has expressed that she was mistaken with her previous stance and that the events in Egypt are indeed a coup.
Named the 'Iron Lady’ and 'Mother of the Revolution' due to the prominent role she played in the protests against Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Salih, Karman said in her Facebook posts “I fell prey to a big conspiracy, the extent of which I did not know.”
She stated, “I apologize to all the free world for participating in the demands for the resignation of Egypt's first democratically elected president.”
In a tweet posted one day before the July 3 coup that overthrew Mursi, Karman had written, “Tahrir Square is like the ocean, it will always be pure."
Thus, the two Nobel Peace Prize winners in the Middle East have taken different stances regarding the Egyptian coup.Last Mod: 10 Temmuz 2013, 13:35