ElBaradei pulls out of Egypt presidency race

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 14, 2012 7:23 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Mohamed ElBaradei pulled out of the race for the Egyptian presidency on Saturday, saying "the previous regime" was still running the country which has been without a head of state since Hosni Mubarak was deposed last year.

"My conscience does not permit me to run for the presidency or any other official position unless it is within a democratic framework," the former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a statement.

(Reporting by Marwa Awad; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Janet Lawrence)