UPDATE: Egypt’s Political Digest Nov. 4: Egypt elected to UN International Law Commission
Egypt's permanent envoy to the UN Amr Abul Ata said.


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Egypt elected to UN International Law Commission

Egypt’s Ambassador Hussein Hasouna has been elected by the UN General Assembly to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the five-year term beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, state news agency MENA reported Friday.

Hasouna received 143 votes out of 193 during elections took place by secret ballot at the 40th meeting of the General Assembly at its seventy-first session, held on Thursday, Egypt’s permanent envoy to the UN Amr Abul Ata said.

Hasouna gained one of eight seats allocated to the African states. Algeria, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Morocco are other African states elected.


Attorney general orders probe into explosion targeted Egyptian judge

Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek ordered investigation into the explosion of a car bomb that targeted a judge on Friday morning, Youm7 reported.

Head of a Cairo Criminal Court circuit Judge Ahmed Aboul Fotouh, who was previously tasked with one of ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s trials, has escaped an assassination attempt when a parked car exploded as his vehicle drove by in Cairo’s district of Nasr City, the interior ministry said.

Sadiq has assigned the Supreme State Security Prosecution to open an investigation into the incident. The prosecution delegated forensic experts to examine the scene and the car used, Youm7 reported.

No group claimed responsibility for bombing, which caused no injuries but smashed three cars as well as the façade of a nearby building.


Egypt, Jordan to conduct joint military drill on Saturday

Egypt and Jordan will conduct joint military exercises on Saturday with the participation of ground, air and navy forces from both sides, according to state news agency MENA.

Codenamed “Aqaba 2016,”the drill will take place at Jordan’s Armed Forces (JAF) military fields and will run till Nov. 25.

The drill, the second in the past two years, aim at boosting military relations between the two countries through training the participating troops on implementing various tasks using available resources to overcome current and possible security threats jeopardizing the security and stability of the region, according to MENA.

Egypt has carried out several joint military drills in 2016. Last month, Russian and Egyptian armed forces conducted the “Guardians of Friendship 2016″ joint military exercise in Egypt’s Mediterranean city of al Alamein with participation of airborne forces from both countries.

In March, Egypt and France conducted the “Ramses 2016” joint military air and naval exercises in Egyptian territorial waters and aerospace.


Car bomb attack in Cairo’s Nasr City; no casualties

An explosion took place in Cairo’s Nasr City district Friday due to a car bomb attack allegedly attempted to target a judge, Youm7 quoted anonymous security sources.

Security sources told Youm7 that the attack occurred near Ahly Club, adding that it failed to target Judge Ahmed Abu el-Fatouh.

Civil protection forces headed to the explosion site along with firefighters.

No casualties have been reported as a result of the blast. No groups claimed responsibility for the attack.


Egypt, Jordan begin military training program Saturday

A number of Egyptian armed forces left Friday for Jordan to participate in joint training program called “Aqaba 2016” with their Jordanian counterparts, Youm7 reported.

The training program is set to begin Nov.5 and last until Nov. 25 with the participation of navy and air forces.


Libya arrests Egyptian over forged identity

Anti-illegal immigration forces in Libya have arrested an Egyptian national accused of faking his identity for a missing Libyan citizen, Youm7 reported Friday.

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