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Ahmed Shafiq to remain in UAE for 'security reasons'

Presidential election runner-up Ahmed Shafiq says he is to remain in Abu Dhabi for 'security reasons', criticises President Morsi's delay in forming the new government

Ahram Online, Tuesday 24 Jul 2012
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Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak's last prime minister (Photo: Reuters)
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Ahmed Shafiq, who finished second in Egypt's presidential election, is living in Abu Dhabi for security reasons, he said on Monday during a phone interview on the 'This is the City' talk show.

Shafiq travelled to Saudi Arabia for theUmrah religious pilgrimage on 26 June and was expected to return to Egypt within days, according to a press release issued by his presidential campaign team.

However, he will now be undertaking personal matters in Abu Dhabi, he said.

The former prime minister criticised President Mohamed Morsi and said Egyptians are living in "torture."

He expressed disbelief that a new government had not yet been formed and said he expected Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri's government to stay in place for a further 100 days.  

On Tuesday, President Morsi appointed former irrigation minister Hisham Kandil as prime minister.

"Nobody is leading Egypt at the moment," he said, adding that too many parties were involved in the decision-making process.

Moreover, he said intends to form a political party after receiving 13 million votes in the presidential election runoff.

In addition, Shafiq said he was shocked by the death of Hosni Mubarak's former spy chief Omar Suleiman because they were very close.

"If he was alive he [Suleiman] would have advised me not to return to Egypt now," he added.

Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force commander, was appointed prime minister during the 18-day uprising that brought down Hosni Mubarak.

He came second to the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi in the presidential election.

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Trisha
26-07-2012 10:55am
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Although I do not support Mr Shafiq in his decision to abandon Egypt, I , my husband , mother and 3 children have canceled a month long trip to Egypt due to the state of the country at this time. I am sure many others have done this as well. Mr. Morsi should look better to his people's needs , because these are the people which gave him his power, these are also the people whom can take away his power. The people may wish to return to the streets in protest if their lives are worse than they were in the old regime. My 2 cents worth.
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Altaf
11-10-2012 05:07pm
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Egypt is poor? well if you look at its GDP its 2nd in African continent after SA.
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James Molay
24-07-2012 05:32pm
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Visiting Egypt
No one should visit Egypt now.
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Hassan El-Maghrabi
24-07-2012 05:13pm
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Mr. Shafiq
Mr.Shafiq ,by staying in Abu Dhabi ,he is proving that he is not a nationalist ,but an opportunist . He sould be ashamed of himself . Egypt is a safe country ,unless he knows deep down that he had done something gross against the Egyptian people's interest .
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Shabbir Ahmed
24-07-2012 10:04pm
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Your are absolutly right , until he was PM,of Egypt was good with all secured umbrella, now his personal interest in UAE, where he safed looted /robed Money from Egyptian peoples and Egypt.One by one will be naked soon , this is natural punishment.
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