El-Shater won't split Islamist vote, says daughter

Ahram Online, Wednesday 4 Apr 2012

Daughter of Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Khairat El-Shater says father won't split Islamist vote because Abu-Ismail will drop out of race due to his mother's alleged US citizenship

Khairat al-Shater
Khairat al-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood's third-highest ranking member and a main financier of the banned movement (Photo: AP)

Khairat El-Shater's daughter has said her father only decided to run for president after he discovered that Salafist candidate Hazem Abu-Ismail was ineligible to stand due to his mother's US citizenship.

Khadija El-Shater made the comments on her Facebook page Tuesday. The Egyptian authorities had confirmed to her father that Abu-Ismail's mother was a US citizen, she claimed.

Her comments came in response to criticism from supporters of Abu-Ismail who said El-Shater's nomination would split the Islamist vote.

Sources from the Muslim Brotherhood's Shura Council reportedly told the Al-Ahram Arabic daily that they would be offering Abu-Ismail a position as El-Shater's deputy.

Meanwhile, Abu Ismail has repeatedly denied claims his mother has US citizenship and remains an official candidate for president.

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