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Updated: ElBaradei says he could run for president

Update 4 p.m. ET: Der Standard has edited its story to remove the passage in which it quoted ElBaradei as saying he would not run. It says in an accompanying note that "our interview with Mohamed ElBaradei on Friday afternoon was conducted under quite difficult circumstances and in great haste" and says it has "corrected" the  story in light of ElBaradei's later comments.

Update 1:21 p.m. ET: Reuters reports that ElBaradei has told Al Jazeera that he might, in fact, run for president "if the Egyptian people want me."

Addressing the Standard report below, ElBaradei said by telephone that "this is not true," Reuters says. 

Reuters translates Der Standard's interview transcript very similarly to the msnbc.com translation below:

"No, I will not take part. The best I can do is act as an agent for change," Reuters quotes in its translation. "Naturally I want to play a part in the future, but who stands in the election, that's really not so important at the moment."


Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei is quoted in an interview with an Austrian newspaper as saying he won't run for president.

"No, I will not run," Der Standard of Vienna quotes ElBaradei, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as head of the U.N. nuclear agency, as saying in a telephone interview. "The best I can do to be an agent for change is to act as one. I am an agent of change."


It's not unexpected that this report would be in an Austrian newspaper. ElBaradei  was based for many years in Vienna, where the International Atomic Energy Agency has its headquarters.

You can read the interview here, in German. 

Other key points, as translated by msnbc.com:

• "I stand above parties, which gives me more flexibility to express myself clearly. Of course I want to be involved in the future of Egypt, but whoever runs in elections right now is really not that important."

• "Many young protesters see [Vice President Omar Suleiman] as just an extension of [President Hosni] Mubarak. There is great opposition to him. But I think all these issues can be resolved if Mubarak steps down."

• "If he's ready to go, we would ensure a dignified departure — this can be arranged. He has done many bad things, but he has also done good things for this country. ... He should step down with dignity."