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.