Hazem Salah Abu Ismail
|Hazem Salah Abu Ismail
حازم صلاح أبو إسماعيل
|Born||16 June 1961|
|Alma mater||Cairo University of Law|
|Political party||Flag Party|
Hazem Salah Abu Ismail (Arabic: حازم صلاح أبو إسماعيل; IPA: [ħæːzem sˤɑˈlɑːħ ˈæbu ʔesmæˈʕiːl]) is an Egyptian lawyer and Salafi Islamist politician. He has been described by The Economist as a "populist Salafist."
In the aftermath of the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état, Abu Ismail was arrested on 5 July 2013. On 14 July 2013 Egypt's military-installed prosecutor general Hisham Barakat ordered Ismail's assets to be frozen. His detention was renewed on 17 July 2013 for 15 more days. Abu Ismail appeared in court on 18 November and stated “This trial is illegal as the defense team is incomplete. I didn’t know about my trial location until this morning. The rest of the defense team do not know the trial location. Most of them are in the Fifth Settlement.” Abu Ismail said he wanted to bring documents, however, security forces prevented him. “If there is no real justice at the court hall, I will cede the defense.” The court adjourned the case to November 21 where it was again adjourned to 19 December 2013.
Abu Ismail applied to be a candidate for the Egyptian presidential election of May 2012. As of early April 2012, he was considered one of the front-runners, and enjoyed notable displays of popular support.
In foreign policy, Abu Ismail is in favor of ending the 1979 Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty and has spoken of Iran as a successful model of independence from the United States. His domestic agenda includes veiling women and segregating them from men in the workplace.
On 4 April 2012, the New York Times reported that according to Californian government documents Abu Ismail's deceased mother held U.S. citizenship, which would make him ineligible for the presidency under the Egyptian constitution. He has denied this, stating that she only held a green card. On 5 April, the Interior Ministry confirmed his mother's U.S. citizenship, prompting rallies by thousands of his supporters. In response to a case taken by Abu Ismail, the administrative court ruled that the Ministry of the Interior should issue the would-be candidate with a document stating that his mother had not held any other citizenship. The Electoral Commission, whose decisions are immune from judicial review, nonetheless disqualified him on 14 April.
Flag Party founder
He had reportedly been in talks to try and join in a political alliance with the recently formed Homeland Party. But he later founded a party of his own, the Flag Party. He formed the Nation Alliance in early March 2013.
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