Shafiq pulls out National Movement Party resignation
Ahmed Shafiq - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq has withdrawn his resignation from his post as chairman of the National Movement Party, Youm7 reported Thursday.

“As my resignation was rejected from the party, I decided to withdraw it hoping to continue my political activities with my colleagues in the party to serve our beloved country,” Shafiq said in a statement Thursday.

He added he will make “fundamental changes” among the party’s leaders in all governorates within the upcoming days.
On June 14, Shafiq resigned from his post as the chairman of party, citing “difficult circumstances.”

“My resignation comes in the light of the difficult circumstances I have faced doing my job; I promise at the same time to expand my activities and serve our entire nation,” Shafiq tweeted.

However, board member Osama al-Shahed said in press statements that initial indicators within the party show that they would “reject Shafiq’s resignation.”

The former Prime Minister ran for president in May 2012 and lost to former President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted in 2013.

Shafiq left to United Arab Emirates shortly after his loss. He has not returned to Egypt since then, and even established the Egyptian National Movement Party while away.

Shafiq may be arrested upon arrival to Egypt any time, as he is being investigated over profiteering while serving as a civil aviation minister from 2002 to 2001. His investigations began in November 2012.

In May 2014, Minster of Transitional Justice Ibrahim el-Heneidy announced that he referred Shafiq’s case to the military prosecution.

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