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Egypt's President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi Appoints First Ever Christian Woman As State Governor

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fatah el-Sisi swore in several new provincial governors on Thursday, including the first-ever Coptic Christian woman to hold such a position.

Manal Awad Mikhail was appointed governor of Damietta province, AP reports. She was previously a deputy for the Giza governor.

The reshuffle included new governors for Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Aswan and North Sinai. Egypt had appointed the first-ever female governor to the province of Beheira in a reshuffle last year.

The Beheira governor was changed in Thursday’s reshuffle. Christians, who constitute about 10 percent of Egypt’s Muslim-majority population of 100 million, have long complained of discrimination and under-representation in top government positions. Christians supported general-turned-president Sisi, who led the ouster of his Islamist predecessor.

In a separate development in the Maghreb sphere, 27  people were reportedly killed, and 100 wounded after days of clashes near Libyan capital, Libya Health Ministry has said.

At least 27 people have been killed and 100 wounded during several days of fighting between rival militias near the Libyan capital, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

The clashes broke out on Monday in suburbs south of Tripoli, and continued into Wednesday evening after a truce collapsed.

The fighting came to an end on Thursday after a ceasefire agreement was announced by officials from western areas, but it was unclear whether the two rival camps would continue to respect it, AFP reported.

Fayez al-Sarraj, the leader of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), has tasked forces from western and central regions of Libya to ensure that the rivals adhere to the ceasefire.
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