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Egypt court rules Islamist presidency hopeful's mother not US citizen, likely letting him run
CAIRO (AP) ' An Egyptian court has ruled that that the mother of a popular ultraconservative Islamist viewed as one of the strongest contenders for president is not a U.S. citizen, likely clearing the way for him to run in May elections.
Hazem Abu Ismail is a 50-year-old lawyer-turned-preacher with a large following of enthusiastic supporters, particularly from the country's ultraconservative Salafi movement.
The country's electoral commission had said it received documents confirming that Ismail's mother was an American citizen, effectively disqualifying him from the race.
But the Cairo Administrative Court on Wednesday said authorities did not have sufficient documents to prove she was a US citizen.