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Better a ”strongman” (though no moderate Muslim) leading than a bunch of hard-core fundamentalist Muslims connected to the hip with al-Qaida.

In campaign with Mubarak era tones, Egypt’s el-Sissi supporters embrace return of a strongman

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    FILE – In this file photo taken Friday, May 16, 2014, an Egyptian supporter of presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the country’s former military chief, holds a poster of him in downtown Cairo, Egypt. Only a slight majority of Egyptians look favorably on Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the former army chief who ousted the elected president and is now a heavy favorite to win next week’s presidential elections, according to a poll released Thursday, May 22, by a U.S.-based research center. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Posters of former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi hang everywhere on the streets of Egypt. In Cairo, his face lines highways and bridges and towers over city squares. In Alexandria, loudspeakers blast down the Mediterranean seaside road with songs praising him as the next president and a gift to Egypt after years of turmoil.

The campaign for next week’s presidential election looks a lot like Egypt 2005. That was last presidential election under Hosni Mubarak, when the longtime autocrat agreed for the first time to allow candidates to run against him. After a campaign in which his opponents’ faces were rarely seen in the streets or media, Mubarak swept with an official 88 percent of the vote.

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