'Sin-Free' Vacations Could Rock Egypt's Economy

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Some Egyptian Muslim groups want tourists to conform to Islamic laws while visiting their country.

The Islamists want foreigners to exercise "sin-free" vacations that don't permit alcohol, bikinis, or mixed bathing at beaches.

That view could spell doom for a large part of the Egyptian economy that has already been rocked by a year of political unrest.

"Tourists don't need to drink alcohol when they come to Egypt; they have plenty at home," a veiled Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Azza al-Jarf, said. "They came to see the ancient civilization, not to drink alcohol."

The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi Muslims dominated the recent parliamentary elections.

Now the media and the Egyptian public want them to define their stance on a wide range of issues, especially those related to Islamic law, including tourism.

Tourism accounts for roughly 10 percent of Egypt's gross domestic product, employs an estimated 3 million of people, and is one of the top three of the country's industries.

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