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Unedited alleged letter of resignation of interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei

Last modified: 14 Aug 2013 19:56

Al Jazeera has obtained the alleged letter of resignation of interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei. The unedited letter appears below: 

I hereby render my resignation from the Vice President Office, praying God Almighty to safeguard our beloved country, help the people achieve their aspirations and maintain the gains of the Jan 25 Revolution, as emphasised by the June 30 outcry, for which great sacrifices were made for a freedom, democracy, social justice and respect to human rights, good governance, societal harmony, and total equality among all citizens without any discrimination or marginalisation.

I contributed with all my power and continued to call for these principles prior to Jan 25 and thereafter; and I will remain loyal to the homeland, whose security and stability, I believe, can be achieved only through national conciliation and social peace by establishing a civil state, steering away from forcing religion into politics, yet embracing its principles and values in all domains of life.

However, the groups taking religion as a screen, attracting the public by their twisted interpretation of religion, until they managed to hold the reins of power for a year, the worst of all years in Egypt’s history, where the policies of manipulation, domination, and marginalisation together with media incitement caused division among the people.

I had hoped the rise of the people on June 30th could bring the country to back its normal course towards realising the goals of the Revolution, which caused me to heed the call of patriotic forces to take part in the rule; however, the course has been deviated from, reaching this state of polarisation and grave division, and the social fabric is threatened as violence breeds violence.

As you are aware, I always saw peaceful alternatives for resolving this societal wrangling, certain solutions were proposed, which could have led to the national conciliation, but things have come this far. Out of experience, reconciliation will inevitably be achieved, yet after paying a heavy price, which, I believe, could have been spared.

It has become difficult for me to continue bearing the responsibility for decisions at which I do not agree, and I fear their consequences; I cannot bear the responsibility for single drop of blood before God, before my own conscience or citizens. Regretfully, what happened today is only in the interest of advocates of violence, terrorism, and extremist groups; and those words of mine will be recalled one day; and ‘I confide my cause unto Allah."