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Former judge elected as Egypt’s new parliament speaker

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The former head of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court was elected Tuesday as the country’s new parliament speaker, reports Anadolu Agency.

Farida Shobashi, who was chairman of the session as the oldest member of parliament, in a public statement after the voting announced that Hanafy Ali El-Gebali was elected with the majority of votes, leaving his four rivals behind in the first round.

El-Gebali, who won with 508 votes out of 576, in his speech thanked all parliamentary members.

In Egypt’s parliament, where there are 596 deputies, 28 deputies are directly appointed by the president.

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Pay dispute halts oil exports at Libya’s Hariga port

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Libya’s Petroleum Facilities Guard on Sunday ordered a suspension of oil exports at Al-Hariga port in the eastern city of Tobruk over a pay dispute, Anadolu reports.

The private Al-Ahrar TV tweeted that the paramilitary force, which is affiliated with warlord Khalifa Haftar, halted oil exports from the port in protest of being unpaid their monthly salaries.

Oil exports at Al-Hariga port were suspended on Jan. 6 over salary delays.

Libya resumed oil exports in September after a blockade of ports and oilfields by Haftar’s forces ended.

Al-Hariga port has a crude oil export capacity of 120,000 barrels per day.

According to the National Oil Corporation, Libya produces 1.25 million barrels of crude oil per day.

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Egypt to begin COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday

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Egypt will begin coronavirus vaccinations on Sunday, beginning with medical staff, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said in recorded comments on Saturday, Reuters reports.

On Friday, Egypt recorded 748 new cases and 52 deaths. However, health officials say the real number is likely far higher because of the relatively low rate of coronavirus testing and the exclusion of private test results.

Egypt received its first shipment of vaccines developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) in December.

Egypt will get 40 million vials via the GAVI vaccine alliance for 20 million people, or 20% of the 100 million population, its health minister said last week.

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Land mine in Somali capital kills at least 5

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At least five people including soldiers were killed and four others wounded on Saturday when a bomb blast hit a vehicle carrying a former Somali lawmaker in the capital Mogadishu, an official said, Anadolu Agency reports.

The roadside bomb explosion took place in the Shibis district, Abdifatah Hassan, a police captain in Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency over the phone.

He said that former parliamentarian Muhdin Hassan Afrah and several of his bodyguards were wounded in the explosion and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Last month Afrah survived a bomb blast targeting his vehicle in the capital’s Kaaran district, according to local media.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Somali-based Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group has claimed responsibility for multiple bombings in the Horn of African country.

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