Name: Ahmed Mohammad Shafik
Place of Birth: Cairo, Egypt
Date of Birth: November 1941
Official Website: www.linkedin.com/ahmedshaikeg
- Graduated from the Egyptian Air Force Academy in 1961
- Obtained a Master’s degree in Military Sciences.
- Obtained a Doctorate in the National Strategy of Outer-Space.
- Obtained a fellowship of Combined Arms from the High War College in Paris
- Obtained two fellowships of High War and National Defense from Nasser Military Academy in Egypt.
- Served as a fighter pilot in the Egyptian Armed Forces in 1961.
- Promoted to the the position of Air Marshal.
- Served as the Multi-Task Air wing Commander in the 1967 war with Israel.
- Served as Air Base Commander.
- Served as a fighter pilot under Muhammed Hosni Mubarak’s command in the 1973 war with Israel.
- Appointed Air Force Chief of Staff in 1991.
- Served as the Commander of the Egyptian Air Force from April 1996 to 2002.
- Served as the Minister of Civil Aviation in 2002, succeeding Ahmed Abdel Hamid Nasser.
- Served as Prime Minister for a brief period during and after the 25th of January Revolution
- Resigned his position as Prime Minister due to popular demands and protests.
Views on the Military Regime and the Transitional Period
Ahmed Shafiq stressed that he is not the military council’s presidential candidate. “My relationship with members of the military council is only that between colleagues. My meetings with them were friendly meetings of no political nature,” he said.
Shafiq stated that the military council has real intentions of transferring power and expressed his belief that it will be transferred on time by the end of June “or if the council faces any trouble, it will not delay for more than two months after the June deadline.”
Views on whether he prefers a relegious or civil state
He said "The application of Sharia (Islamic law) is but a solid constitutional must. Sharia is the main source of legislation; the president will not have the option of not applying it."
Views on Camp David Accord between Egypt and Israel
He said “Some call for calling off the Camp David Accord and this is insane… It’s impossible to do that because we signed an accord the whole world witnessed.”
His political and intellectual views
He refuses to identify himself with a certain current but he says on himself “I am a Sufi.”
Views on culture
He said “I consider myself a representative of a civil state with a collective Egyptian identity that groups all components of Egyptian culture and represents a society where everybody can work without one class monopolizing another, without exclusion.”
Views on women rights
He said "The women question in regards to employment issues is treated as men in our prespective"
Views on political system and presidential powers
He said "The political parties are still very week. Thus it is impossible to rely upon a parliamentary system. There has to be at least two periods under the presidential system through which awareness could be raised and then a referendum could be held to know whether people want to change the system. If there is a mixed system, it should be presidential-parliamentary system"
Views on education and scientific research
He said “I promise to raise the salaries of all those who work in the education sector.”
Views on privatization
He said “I was never against privatization but we must set some standards to regulate it”.