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Egypt: Early Election Returns Favor Muslim Brotherhood’s FJP

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) looks set to finish first following Thursday’s second round election for the People’s Assembly. Early results have the Nour Party in second place in most of the country’s governorates.


CAIRO -- Early results after Thursday's second round of the People's Assembly elections in Egypt show Islamists once again leading the pack.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) list took the most votes in the Giza Governorate's first constituency, followed by the Nour, Wafd and Wasat party lists, according to initial counts. In Giza's second district, FJP candidate Gamal al-Ashry has so far received the most votes for the professional single-winner seat. In second is Nour candidate Nasser Ouda.

"Count the votes, you will find them Islamic," shouted FJP supporters in Talebeya after the first results began tricking in.

The FJP leads in Sohag, Sharrquiya, Monufiya and Aswan as well, followed in all four governorates by the Nour Party. The latters appears to be leading the FJP in Suez Governorate, where other competing lists did not receive any significant number of votes.

In Ismailia Governorate, initial results also showed the FJP and Nour Party lists finding success, followed by the Egyptian Bloc, Wafd Party, New Independent Party, Wa'iy (Consciousness) Party and Revolution Continues Coalition lists.

Al-Masry Al-Youm learned that nearly 60,000 Egyptian expatriates voted in the election. The FJP list garnered 25,450 votes, followed by the Egyptian Bloc list with 10,000, Nour Party list with 5,300, the Revolution Continues Coalition list with 2,300, the Wasat Party list with 2,100 and the Wafd Party list with 1,900, the Foreign Ministry reported late Thursday night.

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Libya To Lampedusa, The Toll Of Climate Migration That Spans The Mediterranean

The death toll for Libya's catastrophic flood this week continues to rise, at the same time that the Italian island of Lampedusa raises alarms over unprecedented number of migrant arrivals. What look at first like two distinct stories are part of the same mounting crisis that the world is simply not prepared to face: climate migration.

Photograph of migrants covering themselves from the sun as they wait to be transferred away from the Lampedusa island. An officer stands above them and the ocean speeds in the background.

September 15, 2023, Lampedusa: Migrants wait in Cala Pisana to be transferred to other places from the island

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It’s a difficult number for the brain to comprehend: 20,000. That is the current estimate of how many people were killed — the majority, likely, instantly drowned and washed away — after two dams burst during a massive storm in eastern Libya on Sunday.

As the search continues for victims (the official death count currently stands at over 11,000) in and around the city of Derna, across the Mediterranean Sea, a different number tells another troubling story: in the span of just two days, 7,000 migrants have arrived on the island of Lampedusa.

Midway between Sicily and the North African coast, the tiny Italian island has long been a destination for those hailing from all points south and east to arrive on European soil. Still, the staggering number of arrivals this week of people ready to risk their lives on the perilous journey across the Mediterranean should again set off alarms that reach far beyond the island.

Yet these two numbers — one of the thousands of dead, the other of thousands of survivors — are in some way really one story.

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