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October 21, 2013 9:34 am

Popularity of Egypt’s General El-Sisi Soars

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General Abdul Fatah Khalil Al-Sisi. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Guardian – Egyptian chocolate-maker Bahira Galal does not hide her support for Egypt‘s army chief, General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi. Customers at her plush boutique in central Cairo are offered a choice between chocolates coated with his face and others embossed with messages of adulation. One carries his official portrait. Another shows him in sunglasses. “Thank you, Sisi, from the bottom of our hearts,” reads a third.

Galal had the idea back in August, shortly after Sisi’s troops cleared a camp of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, killing up to 1,000. There was outcry abroad, but many Egyptians “wanted to show support in whatever way they could”, said Galal, a representive of a large chunk of the Egyptian population who view the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation.

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