Egypt protests: People to watch

Egypt's protests are now into their second week. Curfews are starting earlier and Internet remains down, but the crowds in Tahrir Square continue. There's plenty to follow, but there are a few people to keep a particularly close eye on as events unfold.

Mohammed ElBaradei

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Mohammed ElBaradei.

Born and raised in Cairo, ElBaradei returned home from Vienna after the Egypt protests began. A Nobel prize winner and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, he is not tied to a particular party and has spent most of the past decade outside of the country. Some expect him to act as a transitional figurehead for Egypt’s fractured opposition groups and democratic forces. The Muslim Brotherhood, a key opposition group in Egypt, is backing him as a chief negotiator in the transition period. While the protests are driven by the people rather than a particular person or party, ElBaradei says he is hoping to channel demands for change.

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