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Salafist party vows to ban alcohol, beach tourism in Egypt
Unlike Muslim Brotherhood, Nour Party promises blanket-ban on alcohol and beach tourism in event it takes power following polls
Ahram Online, Tuesday 13 Dec 2011
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The Salafist Nour Party would enforce a ban on serving alcohol ‎to foreigner nationals and Egyptian citizens alike if it came to ‎power, party spokesman Nader Bakar told tourism-sector ‎workers in Aswan on Monday.‎

Speaking at a public rally in the Upper Egyptian city’s Midan El-‎Mahatta, Bakar clarified that the party would only allow tourists to ‎drink liquor they brought with them from abroad, and only in their ‎hotel rooms.‎
 
He added that the party did not plan to set any restrictions on ‎tourism related to Egyptian antiquities, such as the Great ‎Pyramids of Giza and ancient Egyptian temples.‎
 
Bakar went on to say that the Nour Party would establish a chain ‎of hotels that would function in compliance with Islamic Law, ‎while banning beach tourism, which, he said, “induces vice.”‎
 
On Saturday, Mohamed Morsi, president of the Muslim ‎Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), told Ahram that ‎his party, by contrast, did not plan on banning alcohol in hotels ‎and at tourist resorts or, for that matter, prevent Egyptians from ‎drinking liquor in their homes.‎
 
The Nour Party won 19 per cent of the vote in the first round of ‎Egypt's first post-Mubarak parliamentary polls late last month, ‎while the FJP secured 37 per cent.‎


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Sammy
17-12-2011 04:08am
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Salafist & Muslims B.H..Leave Egypt Alone!
As a tourist, when I go somewhere for vacation, I want to be free no restrictions. WHY come to Egypt, IF I can not go to the beach or drink. As an Egyptian, I like to be free. I do not want to fast. I want to eat in Ramadan, I want to go to the beach, and I want to drink. IT IS NO ONE business what I do. IF THEY do not like to see naked people, WHY are they at the beach? OR DO NOT LOOK. WHAT I do is my business. IT IS BETWEEN ME AND GOD. GOD will punish me not THEM. IF those fanatics take control, Egypt will be another Afghanistan. IF those people are so religious why did not they fight before and die in the name of religion? Now that they are free, thanks to the young people who died so that they are free to speak, they want to suffocate those young people. Do the Salafist Party and the Muslims B.H. even know what will happen if Egypt lost what is left in tourism? NO ONE WILL COME TO EGYPT FOR ANY REASON. DO YOU SEE TOURISTS IN Afghanistan? WE WANT TO BE FREE!! LE
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Joseph F. McNulty
15-12-2011 09:51pm
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What Gives?
I read the article, and I am enough of a discerning reader to realize the obvious point that the Salafist party is separate from the more "moderate" Muslim Brotherhood. How can anyone claim that this story tries to obscure that fact? It is very handy for the Muslim Brotherhood to have an even stricter Islamic party to provide it with "cover." It only fools Western dupes.
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Hamada, Cairo
13-12-2011 09:23pm
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salafist = self appointed prophets?
So, when they mean "gods" law must prevail, what does that mean? Do they mean "gods" law according to their interpretation of it...or what THEY want gods law to be...or THEIR law is GOD? why can't their god come down itself and tell us exactly what it wants, you know, just to be clear and reduce the chances of choosy human interpretation? It might be gods words, but its always humans who are doing the talking.
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ChilledOutGuy
13-12-2011 08:04pm
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Tourism & Egyptian Liberals
I think the Salafists should allow alcohol in hotels, tourist resorts & beaches as it is the biggest earner for the Egyptian economy and many Egyptians rely on tourism for their livelihood. I think they will realise this reality in time. But the problem with liberals in Egypt is that rightly or wrongly, there is a perception that they are promoting atheism, secularism, western thinking & immoral values in Egyptian society. Until Egyptian liberals deal with this perception & convince Egyptians that they are proud muslims that are not promoting atheism, secularism & immoral values, then they are going to be a small opposition for a very long time
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Moudy
13-12-2011 10:56am
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Better get out of here
With these restrictions on freedoms, Egypt will be even worse than ever before. Slumping economy, no freedoms, religious authoritarianism, all the way back to middle ages. The best thing to do is to get the hell out of this shitty part of the world
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patkar
13-12-2011 09:33am
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matter of urgency
if this party has nothing else to offer as a program, they must be blind as there are so many millions issues to be adressed now in Egypt.For instance the economy is driving into the wall...
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omar farooq
13-12-2011 12:26am
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farce
this article is very cleverly written to portray that the 'muslim brotherhood' as a whole is banning alcohol for everyone etc, and only adds in the end that it is infact only a faction of the muslim brotherhood which hold these views and that it has received only 19% of the vote.
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Anna
15-12-2011 04:04pm
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Have you even read the article?
What are you talking about? The article starts with "Unlike Muslim Brotherhood, Nour Party promises blanket-ban on alcohol and beach tourism in event it takes power following polls"
Anna
15-12-2011 04:04pm
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Have you even read the article?
What are you talking about? The article starts with "Unlike Muslim Brotherhood, Nour Party promises blanket-ban on alcohol and beach tourism in event it takes power following polls"
mido
15-12-2011 01:41pm
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read again!
i think u need to read the article again, Omar, I t does not say that the Muslim brotherhood want to ban alcohol, It says the salifists do, And yes it does say that they won 19%... however this was in the first round, we still have more to go!! Also it talks of banning "beach tourism" Do you think you should be told if you can go and sit by he sea or not, with you family"? God gave us the Sea and the Sand, so who are these people to say we cant use them for what they were made for? You need to read the article better and open your eyes to the start of something you will be complaining about when these people have a say in the running of our everyday lives!!
mido
15-12-2011 01:41pm
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read again!
i think u need o read the article again, Omar, I t does not say that the Muslim brotherhood want to ban alcohol, It says the salifists do, And yes it does say that they won 19%... however this was in the first round, we still have more to go!! Also it talks of banning "beach tourism" Do you think you should be told if you can go and sit by he sea or not, with you family"? God gave us the Sea and the Sand, so who are these people to say we cant use them for what they were made for? You need to read the article better and open your eyes to the start of something you will be complaining about when these people have a say in the running of our everyday lives!!
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Ines
12-12-2011 09:39pm
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Salafist party vows to ban alcohol, beach tourism in Egypt
Rich Egyptians have withdrawn to luxurious walled compounds with their own swimming pools and/or private beaches, where they do almost all their socializing, including drinking. Official and unofficial private clubs are proliferating, where alcohol will continue to be served. All the Salafists will succeed in doing is depriving hotels and restaurants of a big source of income from huge alcohol mark-ups, and Egyptian tourist workers of jobs. Tourists will just choose to go elsewhere, creating a lot of hardship for ordinary Egyptians, who will blame the Salafists. Even Mubarak, with all the apparatus of the police state, was not able to impose his will on Egyptians; there is no reason to believe the Salafists will be able to enforce any of these new laws they're dreaming up, except on tourists. Some voters might be willing to give them a chance, but the tide will turn very quickly if they don't deliver tangible economic results but fast. All this is assuming that the Salafist
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Maryam
12-12-2011 07:19pm
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Good, let's face it
Let us face the truth about this party. They really do not have a clue about the tourism outside the pyramids I suppose. Nor how many people live from it. Being an optimist I say: the coral reeve can only gain by the Salafi. But all those Egyptians working in Sharm, Hurghada and Dahab...Luckily they have to vote still. Can it make a difference?
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Abanob the Egyptian
12-12-2011 07:15pm
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Gone...
Gone are the days of beautiful Egypt.
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