Former PM Ahmed Shafiq (AP)
Former Egyptian Prime Minister and presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq returned to his house earlier this week from staying in a hotel following his return from the UAE and the announcement of his potential candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections, National Movement Party spokesperson Khaled El-Amowi told Ahram Online on Thursday.
According to El-Amowi, Shafiq returned back to his villa in New Cairo three days ago, where he continued his meetings with the leaders of National Movement Party, of which he is the founder.
Following his return to Egypt after a five-year stay in the Emirates, the 76-year-old Shafiq stated that he would assess whether he should run in the upcoming presidential elections in May 2018 or not.
Rumors spread following his return from UAE that he was under house arrest, but Shafiq denied this, saying that he was staying in a hotel till his villa was completely clean.
Shafiq served as aviation minister under former president Hosni Mubarak and briefly as prime minister during the 2011 uprising, before he was replaced in February 2012.
Shafiq narrowly lost the June 2012 presidential elections to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, who held the post for one year before being ousted in July 2013 following nationwide protests against his rule.
Shortly after the 2012 election, Shafiq claimed that the vote was rigged and travelled to the UAE, citing "concerns for his own safety."
While in the UAE, Shafiq was tried in absentia on a number of corruption charges, but was either acquitted or had charges against him dropped.