Over US mother, Islamist likely out of Egypt race


Salon Staff
April 5, 2012 9:45PM (UTC)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's presidential election commission has confirmed that the mother of a popular Islamist presidential hopeful was an American citizen, effectively disqualifying him from the race.

The announcement Thursday follows days of speculation about the candidacy of Hazem Abu Ismail, a 50-year-old ultraconservative lawyer turned preacher.

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Under Egyptian law, candidates, their spouses and parents must hold only Egyptian nationality.

Abu Ismail was highly popular among Egypt's religious conservative youth and was seen as a serious competition to front-runner candidate Khairat el-Shater, the strongman of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. His disqualification opens the road for el-Shater, and is likely to anger Abu Ismail's supporters.


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