Abu Ismail officially runs for presidency

Friday, March 30, 2012 7:03 PM 
Salafist presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail - Reuters

Presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail officially presented his nomination papers to head of the Higher Committee for Presidential Elections Judge Farouk Sultan.

Abu Ismail provided around 150 thousand recommendations from different governorates as well as the support of 48 MPs, Hani Hafez, media spokesperson of Abu Ismail’s electoral campaign said.

According to the presidential elections law, conditions to be eligible for candidacy include getting 30 thousand recommendations of citizens from 15 different governorates at least or garnering the support of 30 MPs or receiving the support of a party represented in the parliament.

As soon as Abu Ismail arrived at the committee, his supporters crowded the entrance leading to a traffic jam in front of the committee’s headquarter at Masr Al-Gedida, Aswat Masriya correspondent reported.

Abu Ismail is the third candidate who delivered his papers to the committee as an “independent” candidate. He was preceded by Amr Moussa and Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh. Four other candidates presented their nomination papers as candidates backed by parties that have at least one seat in the parliament.

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