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Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, who was disqualified from the presidential race, said he will start a political party in two months and anticipates that the party will object to the policies of President-elect Mohamed Morsy.
Abu Ismail told Al-Masry Al-Youm that his party will have a major effect on political life, adding that it will be strong from the beginning because he is working to establish a solid foundation for it.
He also called on Morsy to cancel the supplement to the Constitutional Declaration.
“The Egyptian street will not accept the Muslim Brotherhood backing off from demands to cancel the constitutional addendum. We will face the president and his group by going to the squares if they prove that they have made a deal with the military that involves closing their eyes to the supplement,” he said.
Abu Ismail said he will not take on any leadership positions in the country. He criticized various politicians for pressuring the president-elect to secure top positions in his administration.
Abu Ismail was excluded from the presidential race after documents showed that his late mother held American citizenship. Under the Presidential Elections Law, the president’s parents and spouse cannot hold another nationality.
Abu Ismail rejected his disqualification based on his mother’s citizenship as a conspiracy engineered by the Presidential Elections Commission and the ruling military council.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm