February 11, 2011
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NPR INTERVIEWS MOHAMED ELBARADEI

ADDITIONAL EXCERPTS ONLINE NOW AT THE NPR NEWS BLOG "THE TWO-WAY"

Today on NPR’s afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered, Egyptian Nobel Peace Price laureate Mohamed ElBaradei speaks with host Robert Siegel about Egyptian President Mubarak stepping down and the next steps for the country, saying: "It's the greatest day of my life," and "I couldn't have imagined that I would live long enough to see Egypt emancipated from decades of repression."

In the interview, ElBaradei also said "different contacts" have told him the Army is "not really coming in to take power but to save the country and move to democracy."

Regarding electing new leadership in Egypt, ElBaradei said: "The September election is too soon. We don't even have the right political parities. ... We don't want to rush into an election."

More details and quotes from the interview are available now at the NPR News blog "The Two-Way:" www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/11/133682481/elbaradei-its-the-greatest-day-of-my-life

NPR News is providing special coverage of events in Egypt until 4:00PM (ET) on-air and online at NPR.org, and will continue its reporting during All Things Considered this evening.

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