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Ahmed Shafik
MohammedBhashia
Official Portrait
1st President of Eastern Sahara
Assumed office
12th January 2012
Vice President Kamal Gonzouri
Preceded by Mohamed Hussein Hafez (Interim President of Eastern Sahara)
Personal details
Born20th November 1953
Aswan, Egypt
Political partyEast Sahara Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Khalisah Bhashia
Alma materCairo University
Ahmed Shafik is the current President of Eastern Sahara. Elected in January 2012, and was handed office from Mohamed Hussein Hafez, who was in power until first elections in 2012,. Ahmed Shafik was a former senior Commander for the Egyptian Air Force.

After a career as a fighter pilot, and squadron, wing and base commander, Shafik was the Commander of the Egyptian Air Force from 1996 to 2002, reaching the rank of air marshal. Thereafter he served in the government as Minister of Civil Aviation from 2002 to 2009.

Early Life

Shafik was born in Cairo in November 1941, after graduating the Egyptian Air Academy in 1961, and joined the Egyptian Air Force, at the age of 20. Later he gained a masters career Military Sciences a Fellowship of High War College from Nasser Military Academy,a Fellowship of Combined Arms from the High War College in Paris, a Fellowship of the National Defense College from Nasser Military Academy and a Ph.D. in "The National Strategy of Outer-Space". Air Marshal Ahmed Shafik received the highest Medals and merits during his service.

Military Career

As a young officer, Shafik served as a fighter pilot and was later appointed as fighter air squadron commander. During the 1973 October War, Shafik was a senior fighter pilot under Hosni Mubarak's command. It is believed that Shafik shot down two Israeli aircraft during the war on 14 October 1973.In 1984 Shafik was appointed a military attaché in the Egyptian Embassy in Rome. He continued in this role until 1986. During 1988 to 1991, Shafik served several military senior command positions before he was appointed as the Commander of the Air Operations Department.In September 1991, Shafik was appointed as the Air Force's Chief of Staff, holding this position until April 1996, when he became Commander of the Egyptian Air Force. In 2002,after resigning from the military service, he was appointed as Minister of Civil Aviation and was succeeded by his chief of staff Air Marshal Magdy Galal Sharawi.

Political Career

2009 Egypt Elections

Shafik ran for presidency in Egypts first presidential elections, with the Egypt Social Democratic Party after the 2009 Egyptian Revolution, and ran against Mohamed Hussein Hafez. Shafik lost the election to the more popular Hafez.

2012 Eastern Sahara Elections

In 2011 Shafik ran for the new countries Presidential Elections, and was elected in a landslide vote, ahead of other candidates. The Presidency was handed over in January 2012 from Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, who was appointed as president until the elections. Since the election Shafik has taken a largely liberal stance, more so than was expected. Shafik is a member of the East Sahara Social Democratic Party.

Core Beliefs

Issue Stance
LGBT Rights YES
Gay Marriage Partial
Abortion Partial
Death Penalty NO
Torture Methods NO
Stem Cell Research YES
Weapons of Mass Destruction YES
Radioactive Weapons NO
Biological Weapons NO
Chemical Weapons NO
Equal Rights YES
Innocent Until Proven Guilty Partial
Assisted Suicide NO
Criminal Rights NO
Foreign Interference Partial
Gun Rights NO
Self Defense Rights YES
Freedom of Speech YES
Freedom of Expression YES
Freedom of Religion YES
Freedom of Choice YES
Freedom of Press Partial
Right To Protest/Assemble YES
Right To Privacy YES

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