CAIRO – Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, who earlier in the week announced his intention to run in the 2018 presidential election, has been deported from the United Arab Emirates to his country, according to both his lawyer and the Emirati state news agency on Saturday.
Lawyer Dina Adly confirmed in a post to her Facebook account that Shafiq has been arrested by UAE authorities and is to be deported to Egypt, adding that she was unable to communicate with her client.
The official Emirati news agency WAM stated: “Shafiq is leaving from the UAE to Egypt, but his family are still in the UAE.”
Shafiq, who had resided in the UAE in recent years, announced on Wednesday his intention to stand for the 2018 presidential election, but accused Emirati authorities of preventing him from traveling back to his country for unknown reasons.
The veteran politician was briefly appointed prime minister in 2011 by then-President Hosni Mubarak before resigning not long after Mubarak’s fall from power. Shafiq later failed to win the 2012 presidential election against Islamist Mohamed Morsi.
Egypt is set to hold a presidential election between April and May 2018, in which it is assumed that incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be re-elected.