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Egypt's foreign ministry says Abu-Ismail's mother held US citizenship
Egypt's foreign ministry confirmed that Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail's late mother was granted the US citizenship in 2006
Ahram Online, Saturday 7 Apr 2012
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Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail
Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's foreign ministry confirmed on Saturday that Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail's late mother was granted the US citizenship in 2006, a fact that shall rule him out of the presidential race.

Claims that Abu Ismail's mother was a naturalized US citizen surfaced last week after he handed in his recommendations required to run for presidency to the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC).

The accusations have flooded social media networks in the last few days as the Salafist preacher strenuously denied what he and his supporters repeatedly described as a malicious rumour.

The Egyptian electoral rules exclude anyone if either of their parents (or the candidate themself) holds dual nationality.

On Friday, supporters of Abu-Ismail went in thousands to Tahrir Square and threatened to escalate their protests against what they describe as a fraudulent political and media campaign against the Salafist candidate.





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bwadie
13-04-2012 01:22am
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Lies
He is still lying and deceiving people and inciting fervent followers to go on with demagogry and hallucinations
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Free Lady
08-04-2012 07:46am
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Stay in contact with your parents.
Mr. Abu Ismail story teach us a big lesson to stay in close contact and serve our parents. If Mr Abu Ismail have been doing so he will never face this day of humiliation. May Allah guide him and all of us right path.
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fair play
07-04-2012 08:55pm
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sad
oh how sad that he lied and decieved so early...
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