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Egypt’s ex-premier Shafiq arrested in UAE, being deported to Egypt

Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq
Former Egyptian General and Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik said he rejected the interference in the affairs of his country and attempts to prevent him from exercising his constitutional right to contest the presidential elections

Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, who last week announced his intention to run for the presidency in 2018, has been arrested at his home in the United Arab Emirates and is being deported to Egypt, a source close to his family told Reuters on Saturday.

UAE officials made no immediate comment, but a Gulf source familiar with the matter said:

Shafiq has publicly asked to go to Egypt and his wish will be met.

Shafiq’s daughter could not immediately be reached for comment. A spokesman for Egypt’s foreign ministry did not immediately answer a call seeking details.

Shafik, a former air force commander and government minister, said on Wednesday he would run for president in a surprise announcement from the UAE, where he has been based. After his announcement, the UAE blocked him from leaving the country and returning to Egypt. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has not yet announced an bid for a second term, but is widely expected to run again.

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  • Fargo

    The morons of Arabia have no clue how to influence people and get their way. They only know brutality.