Former PM Ahmed Shafiq drops lawsuit after renewing diplomatic passport
Ahmed Shafiq - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq dropped a lawsuit against the Foreign Ministry after he received a new diplomatic passport, his lawyer Dina Adly told CBC Sunday.

The first hearing of Shafik’s lawsuit was scheduled for May 22. Shafiq says he submitted a request to Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in December 2015 to renew his diplomatic passport, which expired in February 2016, and change the occupation to former prime minister, but he received no response.

Shafiq currently resides in the United Arab Emirates, but is wanted for pending cases with the military judiciary over alleged financial irregularities during his tenure as a civil aviation minister in 2002-2011. His name is flagged throughout Egyptian airport systems.

He served as prime minister January-March 2011 and lost the 2012 presidential election to Mohamed Morsi with 48.2 percent of the vote. Soon after his defeat, Shafiq flew to the UAE. He has since claimed the election was flawed.

During his stay in the UAE, Shafiq, a former fighter pilot, has released a number of statements critical of Egyptian politics.

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