Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq was deported from the UAE, reportedly days after saying he wanted to run for the 2018 presidential election.
A source close to Shafiq's family told Reuters that He had been arrested at his home and taken by plane to Cairo.
Shafiq fled to the Gulf state after losing a presidential election close to the Islamist Mohamed Morsi in 2012.
Current President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is expected to seek a second term, but has not yet confirmed it.
It is not clear on what grounds Mr. Shafiq was deported from the United Arab Emirates.
On Thursday, the United Arab Emirates denied a claim by Mr. Shafiq that he had been prevented from traveling to Cairo. The former prime minister had appeared on the Al Jazeera television network to say that he was forbidden to leave.
"Shafiq has publicly requested to go to Egypt and his wish will be fulfilled," a source close to the matter told Reuters. .
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One of his aides said he had seen officials arrive at his home in Abu Dhabi.
"They took it" From the house they put him in a private plane. They said he would go back to Cairo, because they can deport him to his country of origin alone, "he told AFP news agency.
Shafiq was appointed prime minister in the last days of Hosni Mubarak's presidency in 2011. But he remained in office just three weeks after the Egyptian revolution ended, when he was forced to resign because of his ties to the ousted president.
Lives in the UAE since former President Morsi issued an arrest warrant after of the 2012 elections for corruption charges, he was later acquitted.
Mr. Morsi himself was overthrown by the military in July 2013 after mbad protests against the government, with Mr. Sisi elected president a year later
A former fighter pilot, Mr. Shafiq served as commander of the Egyptian Air Force between 1996 and 2002.