Shafiq party rejects his resignation
Ahram Online, , Tuesday 16 Jun 2015
The Egyptian Patriotic Party refused the resignation of its founder and former presidential runner Ahmed Shafiq which he had announced Saturday

The Egyptian Patriotic Movement has rejected the resignation of its leader Ahmed Shafiq, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The movement’s supreme council said it would form a committee to travel to Abu Dhabi, where the Mubarak-era prime minister has lived for “security reasons” since he lost the presidency to Mohamed Morsi in 2012, to convince him to remain with the party.

The council said in a statement that they see Shafiq as a "principle," not a person, and that he is a true symbol of the party and will remain its head “forever.”

Shafiq founded the Egyptian Patriotic Movement in December 2012.

"I had to resign due to difficult circumstances I faced while doing my job," he said on Twitter late Saturday.

His resignation came days after news spread that a TV interview with him last week was not aired due to alleged "political pressure," according to media reports.

A clip of the interview was released in which he harshly criticises the current Egyptian regime.

In March of last year, a leaked recording circulated in which Shafiq criticised the army for backing Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for the presidency. He later backtracked and said the statements were taken out of context.