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High hopes for an Egypt strongman as tourism falters

A tourist dances on a stage at a cafe in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on May 21, 2014Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) (AFP) – European tourists no longer jostle on the hotel dance floors and many sunbeds are empty along the pristine beaches of Egypt’s Red Seat resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. But as business languishes at the white-washed hotels there are hopes for a leader who can restore stability to Egypt and create the confidence that will bring back the tourists. If the ubiquitous campaign posters are anything to go by, ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the favourite in next week’s presidential election. Sisi, who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, unleashing the bloodiest period in the country’s recent history, pledges to bring order and revive the economy.

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