The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, has made a public statement on the internet calling for political reform.
Mohamed ElBaradei may run in the 2011 presidential election
Observers say the Egyptian diplomat poses the most serious challenge to President Hosni Mubarak in next year's presidential election.
Here is a selection of emails from BBC website readers on the prospect of a presidential bid from Mr ElBaradei.
Emails from Egypt
Although Mr ElBaradei has been out of the country for nearly two decades, he has managed to give the impression of an international community servant of unquestionable integrity. While most Egyptians want change, Mr ElBaradei is proposing a message of idealism that's been long forgotten. His main challenge wouldn't be in Cairo, but in the villages of Egypt where the masses are mobilized in trucks to vote as a national duty and where Mr Mubarak is as powerful as a pharaoh. I second Mr. ElBaradei, because he sounds like a better opposition than the Muslim brothers!
Moe Maamoun, Giza
Egypt is witnessing an important stage in dismantling itself from the oppression, dictatorship and corruption of the Mubarak era by hoping that Mr Baradei will lead the change that the Egyptians want. The Egyptians only sympathize with Muslim Brotherhood but don't support them as they don't match the majority of the Egyptians' dreams. The west shouldn't fear that end of Mubarak is the beginning of Islamism; Egypt is on the verge of showing other silenced alternatives, and I hope Baradei will lead the way.
Ahmad Afdal, Alexandria - Egypt
Baradei is certainly causing a stir in Egypt at the moment. However, although many support him, most of the population still remains ignorant and uneducated; so, the support for Baradei for many is merely a support for a radical change in the Egyptian government. Egyptians will not give up change and progress without a fight. I predict that if the elections are rigged again, we will witness almost uncontrollable protests. And this is the government's biggest fear: riots and protests. I am sure that they are afraid that what happened in Iran may happen in Egypt; which explains why the consequences of the Iranian elections were barely shown in Egypt.
Sarah Elabd, Cairo Egypt
We cannot predict the result of such a step. But in my opinion we should try and see. We are really eager for change.
Mohammad, Egypt, Luxor
Given the current constitutional qualifiers to the office of President, ElBaradei stands a slightly better chance of becoming the Queen of Belgium.
Hisham, Giza, Egypt
I think Mr ElBaradei is a good candidate, in fact he's currently the best bet for Egyptians. He might not be able to exert enough pressure on the government to amend the constitution, however, he still has a chance to strike a deal with one of the opposition parties.
Amr, Cairo, Egypt
I have lived for three years in Egypt. And what I see and hear makes me conclude that Egypt is a police state. Everything here is corrupt. This has been going on for decades and decades. It's very difficult to change this mentality because the new generations born like this and don't know better. The "Elite" keep the population dumb. Education is very very poor. People are slaves for the money. They do everything for money.
The mere hope of change seems to be an impossible dream given the present constitutional blockade on free elections. The government has found a massive sand dune to bury its head in as it denies the growing volatility of the situation with its economic and social deterioration. All this must be a precursor to something significant.... we hope and pray.
Amira Makhlouf, Cairo, Egypt
Egypt needs a leader that would enforce the rule of law, equal opportunity and gradual fight against chronic corruption. We don't need miracles; we simply need a leader with integrity and vision like ElBaradei and a few thousand members of the educated public. This regime will not give up power easily; when matters start heating up it will turn very wild. In addition we need international support for the Egyptian activists and not for the tyrant.
Yassin Aly, Cairo, Egypt
Dr ElBaradei, with his high profile legal and political experience, might be the only hope for Egyptians to seriously try for social and economic development based on a democratic system.
Dina, Cairo, Egypt
Egypt is in a catch-22 situation. Mr ElBaradei cannot run for elections under the existing constitutional hurdles, specifically tailored to deliver Egypt's presidency to the ruling party's nominee. These rules cannot be changed unless the ruling party wills it. No one in his right mind can imagine that party presiding willingly over its own liquidation, so Mr ElBaradei's chances of being permitted to run for elections are worse than that of a snowball in Hell.
Abdelhady Makhlouf, Cairo, Egypt
I wouldn't be surprised if Egypt joins the now endless list of countries that block Facebook. Now that's what I call real democracy!
Yousif, Cairo, Egypt
I would say it would be credible only if all the opposing parties united against the current ruler.
M. Gamal, Cairo, Egypt
He has to stir up the silent majority and not the flimsy opposition if he wants to activate change.
Hind, Cairo, Egypt
I am extremely worried by the current state of political affairs in Egypt. Mr ElBaradei has unrealistic dreams. The current governmental structure is stable, allowing development to occur between Egypt and Western countries, and we need this stability to continue. A change in presidency doesn't necessarily mean that the country will be able to solve all of its problems. It is the structure within that needs change. I do hope for a better future in Egypt, but we need a strong arm in this country rather than a weak one.
Marwan Ez Al Arab, Cairo
I think what we need urgently in Egypt is a change, any change from the existing regime. ElBaradei gives a hope for just that. If Gamal Mubarak comes to power, I am afraid we are back to the old regime. The worst illness a political system can have is stagnation and that is what we have been having for the last 20 years. We have big issues to address and somehow Baradei seems to acknowledge them, illiteracy, poverty and corruption. If these issues are handled, there is hope for tomorrow.
Amal, Cairo, Egypt
Emails from outside Egypt
Mr ElBaradei is a decent person compared to the thugs who are in power now. Hosni Mubarak and co. are dealing with Egypt as their own plantation. They sold it out cheaply while living their lavish life disconnected from the ordinary people. It's not only Mubarak is very old, but his long time in office makes the country stagnant. Mubarak's lack of vision from day one in the office in addition to his unlimited trust in incapable people has made Egypt one the most corrupt countries in the world.
Hesham, Cairo, Egypt (currently in Ontario, Canada).
I am not just for ElBaradei, I'm for a free and democratic Egypt. Anyone who wins a true election would be considered good. Mr ElBaradei represents what all Egyptians want... a voice.
Remon Hanna, Toronto, Canada - Egyptian National
The only thing Baradei is doing is promoting true democracy. He is not saying I will be in power for the next 30 years. He is saying it's time things changed and that the government did what the people will. Those who speak of stability, can you explain why the government have not done anything about something as simple as a CROSS WALK so people can cross the street. They exist yes, but not on all of them. You have to run around cars in most streets to be able to cross! This is stable??
Wael, London, England
Dr ElBaradei will have a real chance only if he aims at mobilizing the masses by reaching out to the grass roots. The ordinary Egyptian is willing, fed-up, and angry and would join in if he felt that he had a leader who was reaching out to him and not only to the intelligentsia. The US should also understand that change in Egypt is coming, and that it is in their best interest to stop supporting a corrupt government, a senile leader and his uninspiring son.
It's about time someone like Mr ElBaradei came into the picture for a presidential challenge, all Egyptians should take advantage that there is someone of that calibre willing to do so. Of course it's not in the ruling "gang" party's advantage to make any changes since they're corrupt; they're like cancer and it's time to terminate them. We're behind you Mr ElBaradei, people in Egypt need someone like you to support and stand behind.
Tarek Refaat, Egyptian in Toronto, Canada
Egypt needs new politics for its democracy and social economics. If Mohamed Elbaradei is elected or becomes a good opposition candidate, this could change many countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Ahmed A, Canada