Egypt court rules Salafist eligible to stand in poll (BBC) British Broadcasting Company) 11 April 2012 Last updated at 22:48 GMT)
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An Egyptian court has ruled that an ultra-conservative preacher is
eligible to contest May´s presidential election.
The country´s electoral commission had said it had evidence that
Hazem Abu Ismail´s mother was a US citizen.
In Egypt candidates for the presidency, their parents and their wives
cannot have citizenship of another country.
On Wednesday the Cairo Administrative Court decided that the
authorities did not have documents proving that she was an American
Hazem Abu Ismail has a large following among Egypt´s Salafist
movement, and advocates a conservative form of Islam, similar to that
followed in Saudi Arabia.
The court ordered the interior ministry to issue a certificate
establishing that Abu Ismail´s mother "has never held another
nationality other than her Egyptian nationality", the official news
agency Mena reported.
Thousands of people carrying Abu Ismail posters and waving Egyptian
flags demonstrated outside the court, and greeted the decision with
cheers and chants.
In the Dokki area of Cairo his supporters brought traffic to a halt
and set off fireworks in celebration of the court´s ruling.
Egypt´s electoral commission will issue a list of approved candidates
for the presidency on 26 April. (© BBC MMXII 04/11/12)
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