Egypt's ElBaradei ready to head government

November 27, 2011 - 3:55 AM
Mideast Egypt

An injured protester is aided by others during clashes with Egyptian security forces, not pictured, near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Egyptian medical officials say that one demonstrator has been killed outside the country's Cabinet building, where protesters have camped overnight to prevent the entrance of the country's newly-appointed prime minister. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

CAIRO (AP) — Leading Egyptian democracy advocate Mohamed ElBaradei says he is prepared to head a "national salvation" government to steer the country out of its political crisis.

ElBaradei's office released the statement late Saturday, in advance of plans by Egypt's protest movement to stage a massive protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square to press demands for the country's military rulers to step down.

The Sunday rally, dubbed "Legitimacy of the Revolution," comes following nine days of continued protest in Tahrir.

The planned rally comes one day before the start of voting in the first parliamentary elections since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. The elections will be held over a three-month period.