ElBaradei willing to lead an interim government in Egypt

Prominent opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said he is willing to head a transitional government in Egypt if the public asked him to do so, regional news network al-Arabiya reported on Thursday.

The statement comes as Egypt faces its third day of clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

ElBaradei, the former International Atomic Energy Agency chief turned Egyptian dissident, was expected to return to Cairo on Thursday from his residence in Vienna.

ElBaradei has hinted at presidential aspirations in the past, but has largely receded from Egyptian politics in recent months.  

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