ElBaradei accuses Egyptian govt of publishing his daughter's pics


Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, has accused Egyptian government of posting Facebook photographs of his daughter in swimsuits and at events where alcohol was served in an attempt to discredit him.

ElBaradei, a potential presidential candidate in the next elections, said the President Hosni Mubarak's regime was leading a defamation campaign against him.

Some Egyptian newspapers have published photographs of ElBaradei's daughter Laila dressed in swimming costumes and at an event in which alcohol was served.

The pictures, apparently taken from her Facebook profile, were posted on the social networking site under the title 'ElBaradei's Family Secrets'.

Commenting on the publication of personal photographs for his family on Facebook, ElBaradei said this "demonstrates the necessity of the demands for change we advocate because it is the only way to bring about democracy and reform".

"Such campaigns are always the only response by the regime to those who call for democracy, but democracy is the only way for freedom, economic reform, social justice, and dealing with citizens as human beings who have human rights," the Nobel Laureate, who returned to Egypt in February this year to push for reforms.

"This is the last straw, and it is only a matter of time. Perhaps the issue requires more time, but change is inevitable, for there can be no regime that belongs to the Middle Ages in the twentieth century," said the former chief of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency.

The ruling National Democratic Party has condemned the publication of the pictures on Facebook. While Muslim Brotherhood, the influential Islamist opposition movement, said it was not interested in ElBaradei's personal life.

Since ElBaradei returned to Egypt, he has emerged as the most recognisable dissident in the country which has been ruled by 82-year-old President Mubarak for nearly three decades.

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