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Ahmed Shafiq

Ahmed Shafiq who lost to Mohammed Morsi in Egypt’s presidential election run off has left Egypt,AJC news said

Shafiq who was a Prime Minister in Hosni Mubarak reign left on Tuesday with most of his family to United Arab Emirates .

An airport official said Shafiq flew to Abu Dhabi at dawn with two of his three daughters and three grandchildren. An official from his camp however said he left for a short visit and he will return after doing a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia

The United Arab Emirates has offered a haven to other members of Mubarak’s old regime. Earlier this month, the most senior old regime figure not jailed or on trial, former spy chief and Vice President Omar Suleiman, left for Abu Dhabi.

Shafiq was narrowly defeated for the presidency by Islamist Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group whose members were banned, repressed, jailed and tortured under Mubarak’s regime.

Egypt’s election commission declared Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood the winner of Egypt’s first free elections by a narrow margin over Ahmed Shafiq. The commission said Morsi won with 51.7 percent of the vote versus 48.3 for Shafiq.

Meanwhile on Monday, the prosecutor general opened an investigation into the corruption allegations and Egyptian media reports said he had been expected to be interrogated over the allegations in the coming days.

By UP