Supporters of recently excluded Salafi presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail will vote for the head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, a senior Brotherhood member said Sunday.
“If Abu Ismail and Khairat al-Shater [another excluded presidential hopeful and Brotherhood senior adviser] are excluded from the race, the votes of Abu Ismail’s supporters will go to Mohamed Morsy,” said Brotherhood Shura Council member Ahmed Abdel Rahman, referring to the president of the Freedom and Justice Party.
The Presidential Elections Commission announced on Saturday it would exclude Abu Ismail, Shater and eight other hopefuls. It said they would be given 48 hours to appeal the decision with the commission.
Abdel Rahman told Al-Masry Al-Youm Morsy has a great chance to win, and that he is a respectful person with experience that qualifies him to be a successful leader.
“Mohamed Morsy and Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh [a former Brotherhood leader] will have great chances after exclusion of Abu Ismail,” said Mokhtar al-Ashry, head of the FJP’s legal committee, mentioning that Amr Moussa and Ahmed Shafiq will be their main competitors.
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