CAIRO — When an inauguration ceremony this weekend propels an
Islamist into an Egyptian presidential palace long inhabited by secular
military men, it will promote alongside him another improbable figure: a
first lady who wears a conservative veil and spectacles, not jewels and
“She looks like a peasant,” Umm Ibrahim, 56, said approvingly,
as she hawked pita bread in a working-class Cairo neighborhood Tuesday.
“She is like us. We’re the same.”
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