Shafiq will participate in upcoming parliamentary elections
Ahmed Shafiq - YOUM7 (Archive)
By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: Former Prime Minister and the head of the Egyptian National Party Ahmed Shafiq called on all political parties and civil powers to form a coalition to coordinate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, asserting that he will be back to Egypt within days, according to a statement Monday.

Shafiq traveled to the UAE after the presidential elections in 2012 when ousted President Mohamed Morsi won then.

Shafiq issued press statements that the coalition will include political parties and national figures in light of the parliamentary elections to express the popular will and achieve the aims declared by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

“All Egyptians should uphold the high interest and compatibility from everyone to keep up with the challenges in Egypt through the current period,” Shafiq said during meeting the members of the Egyptian National Party and popular figures.

The claims on social media that Sisi issued a decision preventing Shafiq from returning to Egypt is untrue, Egyptian National Party said in a Monday statement.

“The sons of the military institute have mutual respect, which Ahmed Shafiq asserted on during his meeting with the Supreme institute of the Egyptian National Party at Abu Dubai,” the statement added.

They said the party supports Sisi and they will have a great role in the upcoming period.

Rassd News Network (R.N.N) published on March 12 an alleged recording of Shafiq, in which he said that the upcoming presidential elections could be manipulated.

In the video, Shafiq allegedly told an anonymous person that he would not run for president and that he expects elections would be manipulated for then-Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s benefit.

“[The] armed forces cannot back a specific candidate it does not make sense,” Shafiq’s voice is heard saying. He was referencing recent statements by Sisi during a cultural seminar of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces in January in which he urged the people and army to mandate him to run for president.

Shafiq did not deny the content of the call in a statement early on March 13 posted on his official Facebook page. He said he rejected the intervention of the army in political life and said it was possible to fabricate election results “like what we got used to in previous elections.” He nonetheless expressed his support for Sisi.

Shafiq ran in the 2012 presidential race in 2012 and lost to Mohamed Morsi after receiving 48.3 percent of all votes.

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