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Kuwait 'deports supporters of Mohamed ElBaradei'

Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed El-Baradei
Mohamed ElBaradei has hinted he will stand in 2011 elections

Kuwait has deported at least 21 followers of Egypt's high-profile opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei, human rights groups say.

Another 20 or so are still being held in Kuwait, according to colleagues of Mr ElBaradei in Egypt.

Mr ElBaradei, a former chief of the International Atomic Energy Association, is an emerging contender to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Mr Mubarak has been in power for almost three decades.

According to Human Rights Watch, Kuwait's interior minister Sheikh Jaber al-Sabah said the Egyptians had assembled without permission and had criticised the Egyptian president.

It is rare for Kuwait to deport expatriates for political activities.

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