Mother of Egypt's Abu Ismail U.S. citizen-commission

CAIRO Sat Apr 7, 2012 12:33pm EDT

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's electoral commission said on Saturday it had received verification that the mother of a leading Salafi presidential candidate had U.S. citizenship, a status that will likely disqualify him from the race.

"On Saturday, the high electoral committee received a letter from the Foreign Ministry informing it that Nawal Abdel-Aziz, mother of Hazem Abu Ismail, obtained American nationality on October 25, 2006," the commission's Hatem Degato told Reuters.

The official said the commission would give a verdict on Abu Ismail's eligibility after the Sunday deadline for all presidential candidates to submit their applications to run.

(Reporting by Marwa Awad and Omar Fahmy; Writing by Patrick Werr)