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  • Influential Egypt Salafist movement urges Islamists to leave streets, "go to their mosques and homes" - state news agency
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  • what will be the end result if new in President adopts the same path of Egyptian majority as that Of Morsi,should internationalplayers allow him to carry on are pack him also and then who will dare to lead a nation moderate Islamic country?
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  • African Union likely to suspend Egypt from all activities after unconstitutional power change - senior AU source
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  • Qatar will support the will of the Egyptian people, and remain a supporter of brotherly Egypt as a leader in the Arab, Islamic world - Al Jazeera TV quoting foreign ministry source
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  • Egypt pound strengthens at Thursday forex auction

    CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - The Egyptian pound edged stronger at a central bank foreign exchange auction on Thursday, a day after the military ousted the country's president, a banker said.

    The central bank sold $38.8 million to banks at the auction, with the cut-off price at 7.0184 pounds to the dollar compared to 7.0189 pounds at Wednesday's auction, the banker said.

    On the black market, the pound weakened, with one dealer offering to sell dollars for 7.65 pounds and buy dollars for 7.60 pounds, compared to 7.55 and 7.50 on Wednesday.

    It was the first time the currency has strengthened on the official market since the central bank introduced the auctions at the end of December to help stave off a currency crisis and thwart a run on the pound.

    Since then, the bank has allowed the currency to lose almost 12 percent of its value on the official market.
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  • EU not planning to rethink Egypt aid programmes

    BRUSSELS, July 4 (Reuters) - A European Union official said on Thursday he did not know of any plans for the bloc to change its aid programmes for Egypt after the army ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

    "I am not aware of any urgent plans to rethink our aid programmes at the moment but ... the dust is still settling on what happened last night," Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, told reporters.

    Mann avoided repeated questions on whether the EU considered what had happened in Egypt to be a military coup.

    (Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by Charlie Dunmore)
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  • An updated version of the arrests story:

    Egypt prosecutor orders arrest of top Brotherhood leader

    (Adds accusation against Shater, Badie)

    CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - The Egyptian prosecutor's office ordered on Thursday the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood's top leader, Mohamed Badie, and his deputy Khairat el-Shater, judicial and army sources said, after the military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi.

    Shater, a wealthy businessman seen as the Brotherhood's top political strategist, was the group's first choice candidate to run in last year's presidential election.

    But he was disqualified from the race due to past convictions, forcing Mursi to take his place.

    Shater and Badie were ordered arrested on accusations of inciting violence in which at least eight people were killed outside the Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters earlier this week.

    (Writing by Tom Perry/Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Jon Boyle)
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  • Egypt liberals and leftists rejects exclusion of Islamists

    CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - Egypt's main alliance of liberal and leftist parties said on Thursday it opposed excluding any Islamist parties from political life after the military-backed authorities arrested Muslim Brotherhood leaders and shut down Islamist-run media.

    "We confirm our strong belief in the right of all political groups to express their opinions freely, and to form their own political parties," the National Salvation Front said in a statement. "We totally reject excluding any party, particularly political Islamic groups," it added.

    "What Egypt is witnessing now is not a military coup by any standards. It was a necessary decision that the Armed Forces' leadership took to protect democracy, maintain the country's unity and integrity, restore stability," it added.

    (Writing by Tom Perry/Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Paul Taylor)
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  • Egypt's military stages fly pasts over Cairo

    CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - Egypt's air force staged several fly pasts in a smoggy Cairo sky on Thursday minutes before the country's interim leader was sworn in, in a vivid reminder of the military's role in ousting Mohamed Mursi as head of state.

    Fourteen jets in V-formation blazed over downtown Cairo shortly before Adli Mansour, chief justice of the constitutional court, became interim president.

    Nine more jets then flew at low altitude, leaving a trail of red, white, and black smoke behind them to signify the colours of the Egyptian flag.

    A formation of propeller planes buzzed overhead in a stunt likely to prove popular with many Egyptians who have cheered the military's decision to step in and remove Mursi after millions of people took to the streets at the weekend calling for his resignation.

    Hundreds of thousands of people partied late on Wednesday in Cairo's Tahrir Square after the army announced it had toppled Mursi. They chanted pro-army slogans and cheered gleefully as army helicopters flew past trailing Egyptian flags behind them.

    State news agency MENA reported early on Thursday that the air force would stage a performance in the Cairo skies to "celebrate the triumph of popular will."

    (Reporting by Cairo bureau; Writing by Maggie Fick; editing by Mike Collett-White)
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  • Egypt's new president says Brotherhood "part of nation" - state newspaper

    CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - Egypt's new head of state said the Muslim Brotherhood were part of the people and were welcome to help "build the nation" a day after the military overthrew president Mohamed Mursi, the website of the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

    President Adli Mansour made the comments to journalists after being sworn in as the interim head of state at the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo.

    "The Muslim Brotherhood group is part of this people and are invited to participate in building the nation as nobody will be excluded, and if they responded to the invitation, they will be welcomed," he said.

    (Writing by Tom Perry/Yasmine Saleh; editing by Mike Collett-White)
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  • Egypt liberal and leftist alliance says rejects exclusion of political Islamic groups - statement
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  • Egypt's new interim president, Mansour, says Muslim Brotherhood is "part of the nation", and "invited to share in building the nation" - Al-Ahram news website
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  • Egypt prosecutor orders arrest of top Brotherhood leader

    CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - The Egyptian prosecutor's office ordered on Thursday the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood's top leader, Mohamed Badie, and his deputy, Khairat el-Shater, judicial and army sources said, after the military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi.

    Shater, a wealthy businessman seen as the Brotherhood's top political strategist, was the group's first choice candidate to run in last year's presidential election.

    But he was disqualified from the race due to past convictions, forcing Mursi to take his place.

    (Writing by Tom Perry/Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Mike Collett-White)
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  • Egyptian prosecutor's office issues arrest warrants for top Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie and his Deputy, El-Shater - judicial, army sources
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  • Egypt's interim president sworn in

    CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - The head of Egypt's Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was sworn in as interim president on Thursday, a day after the army ousted Mohamed Mursi as head of state.

    Speaking at the Constitutional Court in Cairo, Mansour said he planned to hold new elections, but did not specify when.

    He said Egypt had "corrected the path of its glorious revolution" through mass street protests calling for Mursi's resignation, which ultimately sealed his fate.

    (Reporting by Asma Alsharif; writing by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
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  • Head of Egypt's constitutional court Adli Mansour sworn in as interim head of state
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  • U.N. concerned about Egypt army interference but doesn't condemn

    UNITED NATIONS, July 3 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday appealed for calm and restraint in Egypt, as well as the preservation of rights such as freedom of expression and assembly, after the country's army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

    "Many Egyptians in their protests have voiced deep frustrations and legitimate concerns," he said in a statement that did not condemn the Egyptian armed forces' ouster of Mursi.

    "At the same time, military interference in the affairs of any state is of concern," he said. "Therefore, it will be crucial to quickly reinforce civilian rule in accordance with principles of democracy."


    (Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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  • Fourteen dead in Egypt as Mursi opponents and supporters clash

    ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, July 3 (Reuters) - At least 14 people were killed when opponents and supporters of Egypt's deposed president, Mohamed Mursi, clashed after the army announced his removal on Wednesday, state media and officials said.

    Eight of those reported dead were in the northern city of Marsa Matrouh. Al-Anani Hamouda, a senior provincial security official, said two members of security forces were among those killed in the clashes.

    Three people were killed and at least 50 wounded in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, state news agency MENA reported. Gunfire broke out as rocks and bricks flew during the fighting, witnesses said.

    One of the city's dead was a woman stabbed in the stomach, MENA said. The other two were men hit by birdshot.

    "We are dealing with the situation. ... We have called for security reinforcements in the area," said senior police officer Sherif Abdelhamid.

    Three people were also killed in the southern Egyptian city of Minya, including two police, MENA said. It said 14 people were wounded.

    Dozens more were wounded in Fayoum, south of Cairo, where unidentified assailants broke into the local offices of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood's political wing, MENA said.

    The attackers looted the headquarters and set them on fire, it said.

    (Reporting by Abdel Rahman Youssef; Writing by Tom Perry, Asma Alsharif and Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Giles Elgood, Peter Cooney and Lisa Shumaker)
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  • REUTERS: U.N. chief Ban urges Egypt to preserve fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and assembly
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  • Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt: www.whitehouse.gov
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  • Egypt shuts down Islamist-run TV channels

    CAIRO, July 3 (Reuters) - Egypt's military-led authorities shut down three Islamist-run TV stations on Wednesday including one operated by the Muslim Brotherhood after President Mohamed Mursi was toppled by the army, drawing a statement of concern from a press freedom watchdog.

    The security forces also raided the offices of Al Jazeera's Egyptian news channel and detained at least five of its staff, said Karim El-Assiuti, one of its journalists. Four of them were later released, the channel said.

    The channel, Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, was prevented from broadcasting from a pro-Mursi rally in northern Cairo and its crew there was also detained.

    The Egyptian arm of the Qatari-owned media company began broadcasting after the 2011 uprising that topped President Hosni Mubarak and has been accused by critics of being sympathetic to Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood.

    The Brotherhood's Egypt25 channel was forced off air and its managers arrested shortly after General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, head of Egypt's armed forces, announced a plan for a new political transition, the state news agency MENA reported.

    The authorities also shut down two other Islamist-run stations, Al-Hafiz and Al-Nas, security sources said. Both are affiliated to the strict Salafi Islamist movement.

    "We are concerned by reports that authorities are shutting down television coverage based on political perspective," said Sherif Mansour of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. "We urge the military not to deprive Egyptians of information sources at this important juncture."

    (Reporting by Cairo bureau; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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  • EU calls for quick return to democracy in Egypt

    BRUSSELS, July 4 (Reuters) - The European Union called for a rapid return to democracy in Egypt on Thursday after the country's armed forces overthrew President Mohamed Mursi.

    "I urge all sides to rapidly return to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution, to be done in a fully inclusive manner, so as to permit the country to resume and complete its democratic transition," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

    Egypt's armed forces ousted Islamist President Mursi on Wednesday, sparking wild rejoicing in the streets at the prospect of new elections.

    Ashton said she hoped Egypt's new administration would be fully inclusive. She stressed the importance of ensuring full respect for fundamental rights and the rule of law and said she would hold the authorities to account for this.

    Calling for maximum restraint by all sides, Ashton said: "I strongly condemn all violent acts, offer my condolences to the families of the victims, and urge the security forces to do everything in their power to protect the lives and well-being of Egyptian citizens."

    At least 10 people were killed when opponents and supporters of Mursi clashed, state media and officials said.

    The EU remained "unequivocally committed to supporting the Egyptian people in their aspirations to democracy and inclusive governance," Ashton said.

    (Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Philip Barbara)
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  • Egypt's Mursi being held by authorities – sources

    CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Mursi, toppled by the military on Wednesday, is being held by the authorities, a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman and a security official said on Thursday.

    Ahmed Aref, the Brotherhood spokesman, said both Mursi and Essam El-Haddad, a senior aide, were being held but he did not know where. A security official said they were being held at a military intelligence facility.

    (Reporting by Maggie Fick, Yasmine Saleh and Tom Perry; Editing by Philip Barbara)
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  • COMMENT FROM TWITTER: #Egypt army currently playing Whack-A-Mole: Muslim Brotherhood edition @MarwaFarag
  • Members of the Egyptian diplomatic corps and anti-Mursi supporters celebrate the removal from office of Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in front of the Egyptian embassy in Amman July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

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  • READER COMMENT: Democracy is actually much worse than technocracy. Technocracy is righteous to everyone, because it rewards people who work hard and are good in what they do. Everyone who is good, can climb the pyramid of career as high they want/learn. In democracy the power is in the hands of the masses who have no education. Long live the native Egyptians, Pharaohs and their technocracy!
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  • READER COMMENT: @BrianTracey Army nominated the chief supreme court judge to swear in as the head state tomorrow July 4th. A full cabinet would be formed simultaneously.
    by Faisal Radwan edited by Brian Tracey 7/3/2013 11:24:38 PM
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  • Egypt police arrest top Brotherhood leaders

    CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces arrested the head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and another of the movement's top leaders on Wednesday, an FJP official and security sources said, after the army toppled Mohamed Mursi from the presidency.

    Saad El-Katatni, the head of the FJP and the former speaker of parliament, was arrested along with Rashad al-Bayoumi, one of the Brotherhood's deputy leaders, the sources said.

    Egypt's Al-Ahram newspaper reported that arrest warrants had been issued for 300 Brotherhood members, and the security forces were preparing to clear a pro-Mursi rally near Cairo University.

    The state news agency MENA reported that the police were continuing its efforts to arrest "a number of members of the Muslim Brotherhood who are accused of inciting violence and disturbing general security and peace".

    (Reporting by Yasmine Saleh/Tom Perry/Asma Alsharif; Editing by Philip Barbara)
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  • Protesters, who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, react in Tahrir Square in Cairo July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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  • Al-Ahram says Egyptian security forces preparing to clear pro-Mursi rally at Cairo University
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  • REUTERS: Obama calls for 'swift return' to civilian government in Egypt, says deeply concerned by decision to remove Mursi
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  • READER COMMENT: @FaisalRadwan Hamas is nothing to do this don't use this rubbish lie, act like gentle men read this it may help you ....."God be my witness, history will record that we never attacked anyone, but were attacked in every possible way... our leaders and youths were killed, our offices – and even our homes – stormed, ransacked, burned and totally destroyed – not to mention the insults and obscenities we had to suffer....

    by f1forthetruth edited by Brian Tracey 7/3/2013 10:54:40 PM
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  • Egypt's Brotherhood will not use violence -senior leader
    CAIRO, July 3 (Reuters) - A senior Muslim Brotherhood politician said the Islamist group had no intention of using violence after the army toppled Egypt's Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, on Wednesday.

    "There is absolutely no direction towards violence. The Brotherhood are not raised on violence. Their cause is a peaceful one, defending their rights, which is stronger than a military coup," Gamal Heshmat told Reuters by telephone.

    A leading member of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, Heshmat said what the army had done amounted to a "shameful coup". Asked what the group would do next, he said, "We are still in the street, we still don't know if all of the armed forces will accept what Sisi has done."

    General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is head of Egypt's armed forces.

    (Reporting by Tom Perry; Writing by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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  • REUTERS: Egyptian security forces arrest Brotherhood party leader el-Katatni and deputy brotherhood leader al-Bayoumi - state news agency
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  • READER COMMENT: This is not a “coup”. The army ONLY assisted the Egyptian People (including islamists like the Noour Party and many other slifists) in removing a theocrat in the making. It's shameful to see the Americans, especially liberals, side with Mohammed Al-Zawahiri and other religious bigots. The Brotherhood, and therefore Morsi, has been accumulating power by subverting processes vital to the building of a democracy. They suspended court decisions by decree, called for killing Shiites, arrested people for apostasy, openly threatened Christians with violence, and last but not least a complete disregard for women and their rights. This is not a “coup”, and elections are not a synonym for democracy. Being elected comes with a promise of fulfilling pledges made, and most democratic countries have a way of recalling officials. However, since Morsi and the Brotherhood controlled the writing of the constitution, they left no way for people to recall him. I hope western media will stop calling the will of The Egyptian People a "coup".
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  • Egypt's interim ruler to be sworn in on Thursday

    CAIRO, July 3 (Reuters) - The head of Egypt's supreme constitutional court, Adli Mansour, will be sworn in as interim head of state on Thursday after the armed forces overthrew elected President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday for failing to listen to mass protests' demands to share power.

    The army detailed a roadmap for a return to democratic rule, including the appointment of the interim ruler.

    Judge Adli Mansour was born on December 23, 1945 and graduated from Cairo University with a B.A. in law in 1967, before gaining a masters' degree in the same field there in 1969.

    He was hired in the state's administrative court in 1970 and stayed there until he became the vice chairman of the court in 1992 before moving to the supreme constitutional court where he served as its first deputy. He was hired as the head of the constitutional court on July 1 by a decree from a top judiciary council that was approved by Mursi.

    (Writing by Paul Taylor and Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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  • Five dead in Egypt as Mursi opponents and supporters clash

    ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, July 3 (Reuters) - At least five people were killed when opponents and supporters of Egypt's deposed president, Mohamed Mursi, clashed after the army announced his removal on Wednesday, state media and officials said.

    Gunfire broke out as rocks and bricks flew in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, witnesses said. At least one person was killed and 50 were wounded, state news agency MENA reported, quoting a local medical official.

    "We are dealing with the situation ... We have called for security reinforcements in the area," said senior police officer Sherif Abdelhamid.

    Four people were also killed in clashes in the northern city of Marsa Matrouh, the state governor said.
    Governor Badr Tantawi told Reuters by telephone from the Mediterranean city close to the Libyan border that the dead were Mursi supporters.

    (Reporting by Abdel Rahman Youssef; Writing by Tom Perry/Asma Alsharif/Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Giles Elgood)
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  • Reuters TV: Islamists a “wild card” in Egypt’s next phase www.reuters.com
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  • Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi hold pictures of him as they react after the Egyptian army's statement was read out on state TV, at the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in Cairo July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

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  • Security forces raid Al Jazeera Egyptian TV channel

    CAIRO, July 3 (Reuters) - Security forces raided the Cairo offices of Al Jazeera's Egyptian television channel on Wednesday and detailed at least five staff, hours after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, a journalist at the station said.

    Karim El-Assiuti told Reuters his colleagues at the Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr channel were arrested while working in the studio. The station was prevented from broadcasting from a pro-Mursi rally and its crew there was also detained, he said.

    The Egyptian arm of the Qatari-owned media company began broadcasting after the 2011 uprising that topped President Hosni Mubarak and has been accused by critics of being sympathetic to Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood.
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  • READER COMMENT: This sets a very dangerous precedent for future presidents of Egypt (and the wider region in general). In Egypt, the Islamists are democratic and the liberals are undemocratic. Morsi invited the opposition for national dialogue but they rejected it on many occasions. The opposition and military never gave Morsi a chance. Facts on the ground don't change though, the MB is by far the most popular party in Egypt. In another election they WILL win.
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  • READER COMMENT: Morsi who cried for legitimacy has to answer a question: what are Hamas militia doing in Egypt now. Did you use Hamas to free you from the prison post-the 25th of January 2011??
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  • Protesters against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi set-off fireworks in Tahrir Square in Cairo July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

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