CAIRO: Liberal Cairo MP Amr Hamzawy denied Sunday reports that the Supreme Administrative Court had stripped him of his membership in parliament citing dual citizenship.
Hamzawy, who won a single-winner seat in the first phase of the elections in Cairo’s fourth constituency, said he had relinquished his German citizenship before submitting his candidature application papers in October.
“There is no truth in the rumor of annulling my PA membership,” the parliamentarian said on his Facebook page in response to the circulating report.
He explained that an appeal was filed to contest the initial ruling that confirmed his eligibility to contest parliamentary elections.
The urgent part of the appeal was rejected while, in accordance to procedure, the State Council commissioners continue to examine the appeal, according to Hamzawy.
“I relinquished my German citizenship on Oct. 1, 2011 before submitting my papers run for the People’s Assembly. Legally, I can’t go back on that decision,” he said.
Hamzawy’s office told Daily News Egypt that the political analyst had applied for a visa prior to visit Germany, stressing that he only carries Egyptian citizenship.
A news report originally published by Masrawy.com but later corrected, claimed that the supreme court ruled against Hamzawy’s candidacy.
The case was filed by lawyer Nabih El-Bahy at the Administrative Court to call for Hamzawy’s disqualification from the elections.
“I’m confident of my legal standing and in the justice of the Egyptian judiciary. I’m preparing for parliament,” Hamzawy wrote on his Twitter account.