Salafist scholars decides Abul-Fotouh or Morsi for president Tuesday

Ahram Online , Friday 27 Apr 2012

Abul-Fotouh and Morsi frontrunners to receive endorsement of Salafist Islamic scholars following disqualification of Abu-Ismail from race

The Salafist Scholars Shura Council has delayed the announcement of its preferred presidential candidate until 1 May in order to allow more time for deliberation, Sheikh Gamal El-Din Abdel-Rahman, the council's official spokesperson, said Thursday.

The council had earlier endorsed Salafist candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail – before he was disqualified from the race due to his mother's US nationality – based on his vow to apply Islamic Sharia law in Egypt.

The Salafist Front also announced Thursday that it was choosing between Islamist rivals Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh and Mohamed Morsi for president. 

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