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Military Coup in Egypt....Morsi Out

Posted by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM
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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:

Egypt's top military commander says the army is now in full control of the country and President Mohammed Morsi has been replaced by the chief justice of the constitutional court as the interim head of state.

He made the announcements in a Wednesday night speech -- the latest twists in an all-out power struggle inside Egypt that Morsi's national security adviser is describing as a military coup.

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Morsi has failed to meet the demands of Egypt's people and the country's constitution has been temporarily suspended.

Fireworks erupted in Tahrir Square after the announcement was made.

 

Earlier story below:

Before the announcement, Egyptian troops, including commandos in full combat gear, were deployed across much of Cairo, including at key facilities, on bridges over the Nile River and at major intersections.

The military has vowed to defend its people "against any terrorist, radical or fool.” Top military officials and opposition leaders held talks for most of the day and a statement was expected at the conclusion. 

"For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let’s call what is happening by its real name: Military coup," the Morsi adviser, Essam al-Haddad, said on his Facebook page.

An aide told Reuters that Morsi had spent the day working at a presidential office in a compound of the Republican Guard in Cairo, but it was unclear if he would be able to return later to his palace.

Witnesses told Reuters that the army was erecting barbed wire and barriers around the compound, and moving in vehicles and troops to prevent supporters from getting to his palace.

A travel ban was put on Morsi and the head of his Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, as well as Badie's deputy Khairat el-Shater, officials told the Associated Press.

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) -- the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood -- has denied that Morsi was placed under house arrest.

Minutes before the military’s deadline for Morsi to resolve the nation’s political crisis passed Wednesday afternoon, the embattled leader called for "national reconciliation," but vowed he would never step down.

Millions were in the main squares of major cities nationwide, demanding Morsi's removal, in the fourth day of the biggest anti-government rallies the country has seen, surpassing even those in the uprising that ousted against his autocratic predecessor Hosni Mubarak. Critics say Morsi has set the nation on a path toward Islamic rule.

"The presidency renews its own roadmap and invites all national forces for dialogue," Morsi said in a statement on his Facebook page, adding that his vision is to hold a coalition government that will run upcoming parliamentary elections. Morsi also said he was looking to "form an independent committee for constitutional amendments to be presented to the coming parliament."

He described electoral legitimacy as the only safeguard against violence and instability.

Khaled Daoud, spokesman of the main opposition National Salvation Front, which pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei leads, said that ElBaradei, Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Al-Azhar mosque, and Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, were part of the meeting with military leaders.

Political sources told Reuters that two members of a rebel youth group that is leading the anti-Morsi protests and members of the hardline Muslim fundamentalist al-Nour Party also were attending.

State news agency MENA said the group will jointly announce a short period of transitional rule to be followed by presidential and parliamentary elections, according to Reuters.

A Defense Ministry official said Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi also held an emergency meeting earlier in the day with his top commanders, hours before the deadline expired. The official, who gave no further details, spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media, the Associated Press reports.

The army also asked the FJP to meet with el-Sissi, but the invite was rejected.

"We have a president and that is it," Waleed al-Haddad, a senior leader of the party, told Reuters.

The state-run Al-Ahram newspaper -- which also seemed to be following a military line -- reported that the military had placed several leaders of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood under surveillance.

Before the deadline expired at 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET), employees at Egypt's state TV station said military officers were present in the newsroom monitoring its output, but not interfering with their work.

The military also beefed up the presence of troops inside the building, the employees told the Associated Press, though they were not visible outside. Even before the crisis, a small army contingent usually guards the state TV headquarters.

Earlier Wednesday, Egypt’s military vowed to defend the country’s people.

"We swear to God that we will sacrifice even our blood for Egypt and its people, to defend them against any terrorist, radical or fool,” read a post on the official Facebook page of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

A military source told Reuters that the statement — issued after Morsi appeared on state TV late Tuesday to once again reject an ultimatum from Sissi that he share power with opponents or face military action — reiterated that the armed forces would not abandon their demands.

In his emotional 46-minute speech, Morsi vowed not to step down and pledged to defend his legitimacy with his life in the face of three days of massive street demonstrations calling for his ouster. The Islamist leader accused loyalists of his ousted autocratic predecessor Hosni Mubarak of exploiting the wave of protests to topple his regime and thwart democracy.

"There is no substitute for legitimacy," said Morsi, at times angrily raising his voice, thrusting his fist in the air and pounding the podium. He warned that electoral and constitutional legitimacy "is the only guarantee against violence."

The statements showed that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood are prepared to run the risk of challenging the army. It also entrenches the lines of confrontation between his Islamist supporters and Egyptians angry over what they see as his efforts to impose control through the Brotherhood and his failures to deal with the country's multiple problems.

At the main pro-Morsi rally in Cairo, thousands of his Islamist supporters chanted, "Wake up el-Sissi, Morsi is my president."

"We will not bring back the military rule," they chanted outside the Rabia al-Adawiya Mosque. "Will not happen, will not happen," they shouted.

After the army's deadline passed, a military helicopter circled over the crowds in Tahrir Square, which was transformed into a sea of furiously waving Egyptian flags. "Leave, leave," they chanted to Morsi, electrified as they waited to hear of an army move. After nightfall, fireworks went off and green lasers flashed over the crowd.

The current showdown follows a night of deadly clashes in Cairo and elsewhere in the country that left at least 23 people dead, most in a single incident near the main Cairo University campus. The latest deaths take to 39 the number of people killed since Sunday in violence between opponents and supporters of Morsi, who took office in June last year as Egypt's first freely elected leader.

The bloodshed, coupled with Morsi's defiant speeches, contributed the sense that both sides are ready to fight to the end.

Mahmoud Badr, spokesman for the youth movement behind the latest wave of protests, called on anti-Morsi protesters to demonstrate Wednesday outside three presidential palaces as well as the Cairo headquarters of the Republican Guard, an army branch tasked with protecting the president, his family and presidential palaces. Morsi is thought to have been working at the Republican Guard headquarters since the start of the protests.

Badr also called on the army to place Morsi under arrest for his alleged incitement to civil war.

"Today is the day of decisiveness," Badr said at a news conference.

On Tuesday, millions of jubilant, chanting Morsi opponents again filled Tahrir Square, as well as avenues adjacent to two presidential palaces in the capital, and main squares in cities nationwide.

The president's supporters also moved out in increased marches in Cairo and other cities, and stepped up warnings that it will take bloodshed to dislodge him.

On Monday, the military gave Morsi the ultimatum to meet the protesters' demands within 48 hours. If not, the generals' plan would suspend the Islamist-backed constitution, dissolve the Islamist-dominated legislature and set up an interim administration headed by the country's chief justice, the state news agency reported.

The leaking of the military's so-called political "road map" appeared aimed at adding pressure on Morsi by showing the public and the international community that the military has a plan that does not involve a coup.

Fearing that Washington's most important Arab ally would descend into chaos, U.S. officials said they are urging Morsi to take immediate steps to address opposition grievances, telling the protesters to remain peaceful and reminding the army that a coup could have consequences for the massive American military aid package it receives. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

At the U.S. State Department media briefing Wednesday, spokeswoman Jen Psaki restated the administration's priority on the democratic process.

"It's never been about one individual," she told reporters. "It's been about hearing and allowing the voices of the Egyptian people to be heard."

Pentagon Spokesman George Little says there has been no change in terms of the U.S. military prepositioning assets in and around Egypt in the event they are called upon to assist the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/03/egypt-teeters-on-brink-overthrow-as-army-deadline-is-set-to-expire/#ixzz2Y0oTmIMo

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DSamuels
by Gold Member on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM
They were saying they wanted to get rid of Morsi because he wanted/tried to make Egypt an Islamic state. Isn't that exactly what the Muslim brotherhood will do?
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grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Jul. 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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 Morsi is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Quoting DSamuels:

They were saying they wanted to get rid of Morsi because he wanted/tried to make Egypt an Islamic state. Isn't that exactly what the Muslim brotherhood will do?

 

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Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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Quoting grandmab125:




They have enough sense to depose their Muslim Brotherhood president, while we embrace ours.

Hello US military, tick tock.


muslimah
by on Jul. 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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Quoting DSamuels:

They were saying they wanted to get rid of Morsi because he wanted/tried to make Egypt an Islamic state. Isn't that exactly what the Muslim brotherhood will do?

 The Brotherhood is a democratic party and for free election. Mohammed Morsi was elected in by 51.7% of the peoples vote. When stepped into office he was faced with an economy that has been in ruins for years, faced with trying to turn around ways of a country that was under decades of dictatorship funded by the U.S.A. and a host of other problems that come from dictatorship. Although I am a supporter of the Brotherhood who is against dictatorship, they are democratic and all for free election Mohammed Morsi was not my first choice and being that I do have family there it is a concern to me. But it was a start it was the first time in decades that free elections were held and the people had a voice. After decades of dictatorship one can not be expected to come up with a constitution, set up an elected in cabinet, turn around the economy , etc. in 17 months. Had people just given it some time and patience Morsi would have served out is term that he was elected to serve and through more democratic free elections and a democratic cabinet set in place things may have started make a turn around. And no the part about about the Muslim Brotherhoods goal being to set up an Islamic state is a myth. I am a member of the largest Muslim organization in North America in which when originally set up had the backings and help of the Brotherhood and is somewhat an offshoot although funded by the Saudis so I know exactly what the Brotherhood stands for and they stand for democracy not the dictatorship that the U.S.A. funded for decades.

lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Jul. 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

First and foremost, I truly hope your family is safe and will continue to stay safe. 

What do you want to happen at this point?


Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting DSamuels:

They were saying they wanted to get rid of Morsi because he wanted/tried to make Egypt an Islamic state. Isn't that exactly what the Muslim brotherhood will do?

 The Brotherhood is a democratic party and for free election. Mohammed Morsi was elected in by 51.7% of the peoples vote. When stepped into office he was faced with an economy that has been in ruins for years, faced with trying to turn around ways of a country that was under decades of dictatorship funded by the U.S.A. and a host of other problems that come from dictatorship. Although I am a supporter of the Brotherhood who is against dictatorship, they are democratic and all for free election Mohammed Morsi was not my first choice and being that I do have family there it is a concern to me. But it was a start it was the first time in decades that free elections were held and the people had a voice. After decades of dictatorship one can not be expected to come up with a constitution, set up an elected in cabinet, turn around the economy , etc. in 17 months. Had people just given it some time and patience Morsi would have served out is term that he was elected to serve and through more democratic free elections and a democratic cabinet set in place things may have started make a turn around. And no the part about about the Muslim Brotherhoods goal being to set up an Islamic state is a myth. I am a member of the largest Muslim organization in North America in which when originally set up had the backings and help of the Brotherhood and is somewhat an offshoot although funded by the Saudis so I know exactly what the Brotherhood stands for and they stand for democracy not the dictatorship that the U.S.A. funded for decades.



Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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Quoting lylalane7275:




She is for radical fundamental Islam, so..........
muslimah
by on Jul. 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM
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Quoting lylalane7275:

First and foremost, I truly hope your family is safe and will continue to stay safe. 

What do you want to happen at this point?

 

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting DSamuels:

They were saying they wanted to get rid of Morsi because he wanted/tried to make Egypt an Islamic state. Isn't that exactly what the Muslim brotherhood will do?

 The Brotherhood is a democratic party and for free election. Mohammed Morsi was elected in by 51.7% of the peoples vote. When stepped into office he was faced with an economy that has been in ruins for years, faced with trying to turn around ways of a country that was under decades of dictatorship funded by the U.S.A. and a host of other problems that come from dictatorship. Although I am a supporter of the Brotherhood who is against dictatorship, they are democratic and all for free election Mohammed Morsi was not my first choice and being that I do have family there it is a concern to me. But it was a start it was the first time in decades that free elections were held and the people had a voice. After decades of dictatorship one can not be expected to come up with a constitution, set up an elected in cabinet, turn around the economy , etc. in 17 months. Had people just given it some time and patience Morsi would have served out is term that he was elected to serve and through more democratic free elections and a democratic cabinet set in place things may have started make a turn around. And no the part about about the Muslim Brotherhoods goal being to set up an Islamic state is a myth. I am a member of the largest Muslim organization in North America in which when originally set up had the backings and help of the Brotherhood and is somewhat an offshoot although funded by the Saudis so I know exactly what the Brotherhood stands for and they stand for democracy not the dictatorship that the U.S.A. funded for decades.

 

 

 Thank you. We had a close call during the last protest. My sister had called us to tell the worse possible news. My youngest brother in law was missing. Due to family disputes I no longer have anything to with him except for through my sister but it still had an effect non the less. He eventually came home but he had been arrested and beaten for several days by Mubarak's people for his participation in the protest against Mubarak and the call for the dictator to step down.

I hope everyone will be safe. They are in Giza a suburb right outside of Cairo (where the pyramids are)

What am I hoping to see happen? I want what what the people want. I want them to have a free voice and fairly elected democratic government and cabinet along with a constitution that will ensure freedom for all. I want to see  no sectarian or religious divide. I want all the Muslims and Copts (Christians) to come together and all have a part in how the country is run. I want to see their economy flourish and get on the right track opening up opportunities to all of all status and back ground.

That's allot to expect after 30 years of dictatorship and an economy that has been in shambles for years and it can't be accomplished in  just a years time. The People of Egypt as frustrated for change as they are must understand that even through free election of the people whom ever ends up in office as Mohammed Morsi did can't do it over night. They must understand that it is going to take time and patience because the mess Egypt is in is going to take years to correct and even at that it can only be corrected through a matter of time.

But quite honestly after what happened yesterday that set Egypt back even further from any kind of solution. I am afraid that the country is slipping back into dictatorship under the military and now they are going to swear in one of Mubarak's men, Mansour as a temp. intern president. Most media out lets have been raided, cut, and those working for media have been arrested. Within minutes of the over throw hundreds of arrest warrants were in the process being singed for members and those in support of the Brotherhood and it does not look good.

blues_pagan
by on Jul. 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

I hope that Egypt can find peace within a working Democracy.  I just hope that they give it time.


Blessed Be to you and your family

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting lylalane7275:

First and foremost, I truly hope your family is safe and will continue to stay safe. 

What do you want to happen at this point?


Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting DSamuels:

They were saying they wanted to get rid of Morsi because he wanted/tried to make Egypt an Islamic state. Isn't that exactly what the Muslim brotherhood will do?

 The Brotherhood is a democratic party and for free election. Mohammed Morsi was elected in by 51.7% of the peoples vote. When stepped into office he was faced with an economy that has been in ruins for years, faced with trying to turn around ways of a country that was under decades of dictatorship funded by the U.S.A. and a host of other problems that come from dictatorship. Although I am a supporter of the Brotherhood who is against dictatorship, they are democratic and all for free election Mohammed Morsi was not my first choice and being that I do have family there it is a concern to me. But it was a start it was the first time in decades that free elections were held and the people had a voice. After decades of dictatorship one can not be expected to come up with a constitution, set up an elected in cabinet, turn around the economy , etc. in 17 months. Had people just given it some time and patience Morsi would have served out is term that he was elected to serve and through more democratic free elections and a democratic cabinet set in place things may have started make a turn around. And no the part about about the Muslim Brotherhoods goal being to set up an Islamic state is a myth. I am a member of the largest Muslim organization in North America in which when originally set up had the backings and help of the Brotherhood and is somewhat an offshoot although funded by the Saudis so I know exactly what the Brotherhood stands for and they stand for democracy not the dictatorship that the U.S.A. funded for decades.



 Thank you. We had a close call during the last protest. My sister had called us to tell the worse possible news. My youngest brother in law was missing. Due to family disputes I no longer have anything to with him except for through my sister but it still had an effect non the less. He eventually came home but he had been arrested and beaten for several days by Mubarak's people for his participation in the protest against Mubarak and the call for the dictator to step down.

I hope everyone will be safe. They are in Giza a suburb right outside of Cairo (where the pyramids are)

What am I hoping to see happen? I want what what the people want. I want them to have a free voice and fairly elected democratic government and cabinet along with a constitution that will ensure freedom for all. I want to see  no sectarian or religious divide. I want all the Muslims and Copts (Christians) to come together and all have a part in how the country is run. I want to see their economy flourish and get on the right track opening up opportunities to all of all status and back ground.

That's allot to expect after 30 years of dictatorship and an economy that has been in shambles for years and it can't be accomplished in  just a years time. The People of Egypt as frustrated for change as they are must understand that even through free election of the people whom ever ends up in office as Mohammed Morsi did can't do it over night. They must understand that it is going to take time and patience because the mess Egypt is in is going to take years to correct and even at that it can only be corrected through a matter of time.

But quite honestly after what happened yesterday that set Egypt back even further from any kind of solution. I am afraid that the country is slipping back into dictatorship under the military and now they are going to swear in one of Mubarak's men, Mansour as a temp. intern president. Most media out lets have been raided, cut, and those working for media have been arrested. Within minutes of the over throw hundreds of arrest warrants were in the process being singed for members and those in support of the Brotherhood and it does not look good.


143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Jul. 5, 2013 at 12:39 AM

 

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting DSamuels:

They were saying they wanted to get rid of Morsi because he wanted/tried to make Egypt an Islamic state. Isn't that exactly what the Muslim brotherhood will do?

 The Brotherhood is a democratic party and for free election. Mohammed Morsi was elected in by 51.7% of the peoples vote. When stepped into office he was faced with an economy that has been in ruins for years, faced with trying to turn around ways of a country that was under decades of dictatorship funded by the U.S.A. and a host of other problems that come from dictatorship. Although I am a supporter of the Brotherhood who is against dictatorship, they are democratic and all for free election Mohammed Morsi was not my first choice and being that I do have family there it is a concern to me. But it was a start it was the first time in decades that free elections were held and the people had a voice. After decades of dictatorship one can not be expected to come up with a constitution, set up an elected in cabinet, turn around the economy , etc. in 17 months. Had people just given it some time and patience Morsi would have served out is term that he was elected to serve and through more democratic free elections and a democratic cabinet set in place things may have started make a turn around. And no the part about about the Muslim Brotherhoods goal being to set up an Islamic state is a myth. I am a member of the largest Muslim organization in North America in which when originally set up had the backings and help of the Brotherhood and is somewhat an offshoot although funded by the Saudis so I know exactly what the Brotherhood stands for and they stand for democracy not the dictatorship that the U.S.A. funded for decades.

 From the articles I read, he'd replaced heads of state media with members of the Brotherhood and the news we being skewed in their favor. Maybe that re-ignited a fear that dictatorship would return? Coupled with the sentiment he didn't do enough for the economy fast enough?

I also read there was a youth group (to me that means 20-somethings.), maybe Egypt is different but it seems that the youth (20-somethings and younger) are an immediate gratification generation. Patience tends not to be a virtue of youth...

IMO, it's not a good thing the military has taken over the gov't..like they saying "be careful what you wish for..you might actually get it."....

I hope your family is safe.

muslimah
by on Jul. 5, 2013 at 1:08 AM
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Quoting 143myboys9496:

 

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting DSamuels:

They were saying they wanted to get rid of Morsi because he wanted/tried to make Egypt an Islamic state. Isn't that exactly what the Muslim brotherhood will do?

 The Brotherhood is a democratic party and for free election. Mohammed Morsi was elected in by 51.7% of the peoples vote. When stepped into office he was faced with an economy that has been in ruins for years, faced with trying to turn around ways of a country that was under decades of dictatorship funded by the U.S.A. and a host of other problems that come from dictatorship. Although I am a supporter of the Brotherhood who is against dictatorship, they are democratic and all for free election Mohammed Morsi was not my first choice and being that I do have family there it is a concern to me. But it was a start it was the first time in decades that free elections were held and the people had a voice. After decades of dictatorship one can not be expected to come up with a constitution, set up an elected in cabinet, turn around the economy , etc. in 17 months. Had people just given it some time and patience Morsi would have served out is term that he was elected to serve and through more democratic free elections and a democratic cabinet set in place things may have started make a turn around. And no the part about about the Muslim Brotherhoods goal being to set up an Islamic state is a myth. I am a member of the largest Muslim organization in North America in which when originally set up had the backings and help of the Brotherhood and is somewhat an offshoot although funded by the Saudis so I know exactly what the Brotherhood stands for and they stand for democracy not the dictatorship that the U.S.A. funded for decades.

 From the articles I read, he'd replaced heads of state media with members of the Brotherhood and the news we being skewed in their favor. Maybe that re-ignited a fear that dictatorship would return? Coupled with the sentiment he didn't do enough for the economy fast enough?

I also read there was a youth group (to me that means 20-somethings.), maybe Egypt is different but it seems that the youth (20-somethings and younger) are an immediate gratification generation. Patience tends not to be a virtue of youth...

IMO, it's not a good thing the military has taken over the gov't..like they saying "be careful what you wish for..you might actually get it."....

I hope your family is safe.

 First of all thank you. I am sure they are safe although they are in Giza a suburb right out side of Cairo (where the pyramids are). I have not heard from my sister who in touch with them more than me because of some conflict but if something were wrong like in 2011 when my youngest brother in law came up missing for days because he had been arrested and beated. I'm sure I would have been told about it by now.

Right now as far my biggest concern is ( off topic i know) My brother who left about a month ago back to Baghdad for his wedding. He picked the wrong time to go and all hell broke loose that week. It is very bad right now with the fighting between the Sunni and Shiah. He was able to have his wedding, the pictures are beautiful but he has basically been cooped up in the house since he got there because it is too dangerous out in the streets. He should have been back 2 weeks ago. We talk to him daily and know he is ok but anxious to get out get to Germany to see other family there and get back here and start the 6 to 9 month process of getting his new wife here.

 Like I said earlier Morsi would not be my first choice but it was a start and a good one too. They should have allowed him to serve out his elected term  and through more free elections worked towards progress. When Morsi stepped into office the country was a mess. He right away went in trying to come up with solutions for the economy witch was disastrous and impossible to fix in a year. that will take years.

The western media is also not showing you all sides. There are as many Morsi supporters as there are anti Morsi protest. The country is completely divided. The western media would like for you to believe that all of Egypt wanted him out. That is not the case and his supporters have vowed to fight for him until the bitter end which can easily turn into civil war and lead the country right back into the hands of a dictator.

If it's not too late and there is still chance for the people to choose and in the near future have a fair democratic election they must be patient. Years of damage, coruption, and after math of dictatorship can't be fixed over night.

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