ElBaradei Won't Run in Egypt

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Egyptian Leading dissident and former UN nuclear watchdog Chief Mohamed ElBaradei is surround by fellow demonstrators on January 28, 2011 after Egyptian riot police used water canon to disperse a protest calling the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, 82-years-old, who has held on to power for more than three decades. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei has ended his flirtation to run for Egypt’s presidency. The former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Saturday that he wants no part of the government since it still hasn’t fundamentally changed. While ElBaradei has praised the youth that led the revolution to oust Hosni Mubarak, he says there is no democracy and that the former regime has not fallen. The decision comes as a blow to the nation’s liberal movement, as the Islamists won a majority in recent parliamentary elections.