Top story: Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, a Salafist preacher who has gained considerable support as a candidate in Egypt's presidential election, may be disqualified from running because his mother received U.S. citizenship before her death. Egyptian law bars candidates with a parent who held another nationality, even if they also had Egyptian citizenship.
According to California public records and a Los Angeles voter registration website, Abu Ismail's mother became a U.S. citizen before she passed away in the past few years. Egyptian Interior Ministry officials also said they received copies of the mother's "travel documents" that showed she had taken U.S. citizenship. Abu Ismail's campaign staff sent a team to California to investigate the report, and announced that it was filing a lawsuit to force the Interior Ministry to disclose its evidence.
Abu Ismail's ouster from the race could help unite the fractured Islamist vote. Khairat el-Shater, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, would likely attract many of his supporters.
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