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Islamist group ‘trusts’ Abu Ismail, criticize his escalation

By Abdel Rahman Youssef ALEXANDRIA: The association of Alexandria religious scholars and preachers said it “fully trusts” disqualified candidate Hazem Abu Ismail, but criticized his calls for escalation in response to being eliminated from the presidential race. Ahmed El-Mahlawy, head of the association and the sheikh of El-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque, said Abu Ismail is a …

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Abu Ismail supporters continue sit-in, await his ‘signal’

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: Supporters of Hazem Salah Abu Ismail vowed Wednesday to continue their open-ended sit-in at his behest, after the Presidential Election Committee’s excluded him from the race a day earlier. Abu Ismail announced Tuesday night that he would start a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the PEC after he and …

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PEC upholds bans on all 10 presidential hopefuls

By Reuters CAIRO: Ten candidates for the Egyptian presidency including Hosni Mubarak’s spy chief, a Muslim Brotherhood leader and a Salafi preacher lost appeals against disqualification from the race, two sources on the committee overseeing the vote told Reuters. “All appeals have been rejected because nothing new was offered in the appeal requests,” a member …

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Salafi, Mubarak ex-VP fail in election appeals

By Ali Abelatti / Reuters CAIRO: The commission overseeing Egypt’s presidential election has upheld rulings disqualifying eight candidates including former spy chief Omar Suleiman and Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, the state-owned al-Ahram newspaper said on Tuesday. The panel has yet to decide on appeals lodged by two other candidates including the Muslim Brotherhood’s …

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Being Abu Ismail

By Marie-Jeanne Berger CAIRO: Hazem Abu Ismail was there, in downtown Cairo on Friday April 6. Protests were held on this day over concerns that two of his family members held different citizenships, causing Abu Ismail’s presidential candidacy nomination to be rescinded. After Friday prayers, supporters of the presidential hopeful flocked to Tahrir to fight …

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Verdict does not confirm nationality of candidate’s mother, says official

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: The verdict handed down by Administrative Court Wednesday doesn’t confirm whether the mother of presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail had dual citizenship, according to Councilor Gamal El-Farash, vice head of the State Litigation Authority. The Administrative Court of the State Council ordered Wednesday the Ministry of Interior to provide evidence …

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Admin court keeps alive Abu Ismail’s election hopes

By Sarah El Deeb / AP CAIRO: The Cairo Administrative Court has ordered authorities to produce evidence of whether the mother of an Islamist presidential candidate has dual Egyptian-US citizenship, something that could disqualify him from running in the May election. A new election law passed after the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year bars anyone …

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Court delays verdict on citizenship of presidential candidate’s mother

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: The court was yet to rule late Wednesday in the case of the Salafi presidential candidate’s mother’s citizenship, a verdict that will either disqualify him or allow him to continue with his bid for Egypt’s top post. Ultraconservative Islamist hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail filed a lawsuit to oblige the interior ministry …

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Tahrir tumbles and tumbrels

By Philip Whitfield CAIRO: It appears the Salafi Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail’s mother did obtain American nationality on October 25, 2006 putting paid to his presidential bid. Doesn’t the Egyptian Administrative Court’s ruling on Saturday doom the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat Al-Shater too? The judges overturned Field Marshal Tantawi’s restoration of Ayman Nour’s full political rights. Al-Shater …

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Over US mother, Islamist likely out of Egypt race

By Maggie Michael / AP CAIRO: Egypt’s election commission has confirmed that the mother of a popular Islamist presidential hopeful was an American citizen, effectively disqualifying him from the race and likely boosting the chances of the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate. The Thursday ruling is likely to draw an uproar from supporters of Hazem Abu Ismail, a …

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Abu Ismail supporters flood Tahrir Square

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: Scuffles broke out between supporters of Islamist presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail and protesters denouncing the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting the constitution as both groups took over Tahrir Square Friday. By late afternoon the confrontations led to Abu Ismail’s supporters taking down the stage set up by the …

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The soldier, the politician, the Sheikh and his mother

By Rania Al Malky CAIRO: On the fourth anniversary of the April 6 protests, an invisible voyeur looks down from above, sporting a grin that is part gloating and part ‘mission accomplished’. Back in the day, when the seeds of Egypt’s recent popular uprising were sown through a Facebook page calling on Egyptians to support Mahallah …

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Islamist draws crowds in Egypt election campaign

By Tom Perry / Reuters CAIRO: A sheikh who blends hardline Islamism with revolutionary zeal is emerging as a frontrunner in the race for the Egyptian presidency, buoyed by a popular touch which even his critics say is striking a chord with many voters. Hazem Salah Abu Ismail’s message has moved from the mosque to the …

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Campaigners celebrate Abou Ismail’s submission of candidacy docs

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Amid much fanfare, presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abou Ismail submitted his candidacy registration documents on Friday. A massive human chain lined the streets across the capital, starting from Asad Ibn El-Forat Mosque in Dokki through Sixth October Bridge and Salah Salem Road in Heliopolis where the Presidential Election Committee (PEC) is located. …

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