"After announcing his intention to run for the presidency in May of last year, Abu-Ismail has provided fleeting insights into his economic programme.
As president, he says, he would seek to raise Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP) by focusing on agriculture, with a view to decreasing Egypt’s economic dependence on tourism and Suez Canal revenues – both of which are at the mercy of unpredictable international conditions.
To assuage fears that an Islamist ruler would impose Islamic Sharia Law and draconian measures that would cripple tourism – an industry that employs some three million Egyptians and generates billions of dollars annually – Abu-Ismail has vowed to merely "streamline" the sector.
Some of his public statements, however, suggest that he might not be adverse to legislation that could negatively impact the local tourism industry, such as banning alcohol, imposing dress codes and segregating the sexes.
Abu-Ismail also argues that interest-based banking systems have led to soaring inflation rates in Egypt, stressing that an Islamic banking system – which shuns the use of interest – would lead to economic prosperity." Ahram online
I said earleir that I thought Amre Moussa is the candidate for president most likely to be tolerated by the generals. That remains true but this fellow is likely to have the support of the masses. He would probably try to do all the things mentioned above and the generals would watch that for a while until he began to threaten their money and power. pl