CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi ratified amendments to an election law regulating electoral constituencies late Thursday, paving the way for setting a date for the long-delayed parliamentary poll, state-run news agency MENA reported.
The new law allocates 448 seats to individual candidates and 120 seats to winner-takes-all lists, with quotas for youth, women, Christians and workers, compared to 420 seats for individuals and 120 for lists in the previous law. (Egypt-Parliament-Election)
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ALGIERS — Algerian police on Friday said a wide arrest campaign has been launched on the aftermath of the recent sectarian clashes that hit the southern city of Ghardaia, killing 22 people and injuring hundreds others.
As many as 27 people have been arrested on Thursday overnight for public order offense and engendering people’s life and property, a statement of the National Police Department (DGSN) said. (Algeria-Clash-Arrest)
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TEHRAN — Hundreds of thousands of Iranians held nationwide rallies on Friday to mark Al-Quds, or Jerusalem Day, in support of the Palestinians and condemnation of Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian lands.
The ralliers chanted anti-Israel slogans and carried banners, denouncing what they called “war crimes” against Palestinians in Gaza and in the occupied territories. (Iran-Jerusalem Day) Enditem