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An electoral alliance loyal to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has picked up all 60 list seats up for grabs in the second and final round of a parliamentary election marred by low participation, official preliminary results showed on Wednesday. "For the Love of Egypt", a loyalist electoral alliance led by a former intelligence officer, has now swept both rounds of the elections and will enter parliament with all 120 seats allocated to winner-takes-all lists. The second phase of elections, hailed by Sisi as the climax of the military's roadmap to democracy, were held on Sunday and Monday, with low voter turnout similar to the first phase.
By Philip Pullella and George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Wednesday for ethnic and religious reconcilation at the start of his first tour of Africa, where he will address a fast-growing Catholic population and seek to heal Christian-Muslim divisions. The trip will see the head of the Catholic Church travel to Kenya and Uganda, both victim of Islamist militant attacks, and the Central African Republic, a country torn apart by Muslim-Christian strife. In a speech delivered shortly after arriving in Kenya, the pope urged world leaders to pursue responsible economic development and to protect nature for future generations.