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Sisi frenzy reaches Egypt Islamist stronghold

An Egyptian man sits next to graffiti of Egypt's ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on May 21, 2014 in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-SheikhFayoum (Egypt) (AFP) – Beset by months of tumult, many in Fayoum support Egyptian ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in next week’s election to replace the Islamist president they backed before the military toppled him. Campaign posters for the retired field marshal adorn main squares in the impoverished agricultural town, 100 kilometres (62 miles) southwest of Cairo, where 77 percent of voters backed ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2012. Sisi is now expected to easily win a May 26-27 presidential, riding on a wave of popularity for removing the divisive Morsi from power last year, while brandishing a severe, if vague, pledge to restore the economy and order. Tellingly, Sisi banners and placards are often placed near the relative safety of state buildings and police stations.

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