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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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