Egyp­tians rally to halt tourism threat

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - BUSINESS -

CAIRO: Around 1 000 Egyp­tians ral­lied near the an­cient pyra­mids yes­ter­day to protest against what they said were threats by Is­lamic rad­i­cals to un­der­mine tourism, one of the coun­try’s big­gest money earn­ers.

Is­lamist groups look set to dom­i­nate the next par­lia­ment, with the once-banned Mus­lim Brother­hood see­ing its party win 37 per­cent of the vote in a first phase of bal­lot­ing and the much more pu­ri­tan­i­cal Salafis se­cur­ing a sur­prise 24 per­cent.

The spec­tac­u­lar rise of the Salafist al-nour party has sent a shiver through more sec­u­lar Egyp­tians, who fear the newly em­pow­ered group might try to im­pose its views on so­ci­ety.

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