CAIRO - Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, who last week announced plans to run for the presidency, was deported from the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, his family said, and arrived in Cairo hours later.
Shafik, a former air force commander and government minister, was seen as the strongest potential opponent of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to run for a second term next year.
With airport security high, Shafik landed in a private plane in Cairo airport on Saturday evening, the airport sources said.
A Reuters witness at the airport said Egyptian authorities escorted Shafik in a motorcade that was waiting for him outside the airport.
Shafik's whereabouts are unknown his family said hours after he left the airport, and officials did not issue any statement about his location.