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March 19, 2012 (JUBA) - The US-based Carter Center has advised South Sudan lawmakers to ensure that term limits, particularly for the president and state governors are included within the country’s national elections law, currently in its final review stage within the national assembly.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir casts his vote in the 2010 general elections. (Reuters)

In a statement the Carter Center describes the use of terms limits as a “broadly recognized best practice” adding that inclusion of such limits within the national constitution and election law will clearly demonstrate the government’s commitment to democratic principles.

South Sudan’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) recently conducted a series of public hearings on the national elections bill; a law seeking to establish the framework for political competition in future elections in South Sudan. The law is widely seen as a bench mark to steer progress in by-elections for vacant legislative seats at the state and national level.

To achieve this the organisation, which was founded by former US President Jimmy Carter, urges all stakeholders, particularly the citizens, civil society and political parties to support lawmakers in debating the draft bill, which strives to lay the ground work for credible future elections in South Sudan as per international standards and best practices.

The Carter Center, also advocates for the appointment of an independent National Elections Commission (NEC), which it says remains critical in efforts to ensure that elections are conducted in a transparent and credible atmosphere, meet international standards, and elect governments that represent the will of the people.

The current draft bill stipulates that the NEC will consist of nine members appointed by the president and approved by a two-thirds parliamentary majority, consideration. The Carter Center statement said that further measures could be taken to strengthen elements of the act to ensure the neutrality and impartiality of this important body.

County commissioners in South Sudan are not elected but appointed by the state governor under the present system. The Carter Centre said that the
“Current language on the appointment of commissioners is vague and only notes that the president consider consultation with and representation of civil society and women’s groups, without mentioning how this will occur”.

“The NLA could consider an alternative system for appointing commissioners such as maintaining some seats on the NEC as presidential appointments, while reserving a number of seats to be chosen by leaders of minority parties in the assembly,” it adds.

Meanwhile, the Carter Center also argues that the national election law should clearly define the right of participation in elections for South Sudanese in the Diaspora. Stakeholders, it says, could also contemplate clarifying a provision allowing South Sudanese living abroad to participate in elections by casting ballots at embassies or through other means, in support of the human right of universal and equal suffrage.

The draft law in its current form reportedly only briefly states that the NEC will prepare the electoral register and list of candidates across South Sudan and abroad, while reportedly ignoring eligibility requirements for those living abroad.

“While the elections law need not be overly detailed regarding the specifics of these requirements, the addition of some language on the out-of-country voting process would ensure its incorporation within the NEC’s mandate,” it further stated.

The Carter Center, on the other hand, lauded the recent public hearings hosted by the NLA committee on legislation and justice on the draft elections bill, saying it indicates the assembly’s eagerness to consult with citizens, civil society, and political parties.

The public hearings, it added, reflects positively on the Government of South Sudan’s commitment to uphold the right of access to information and freedom of expression, as required by the Transitional Constitution.

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  • 19 March 2012 07:29, by George Bol

    President term is 4 years in the office and another contested 4 years. But the term will be set after Pre. Kiir ruled for 8 years because we him him to deal with the Khartoum. If some hungry wolf rules then they might join the Khartoum like they did before. let us move along/SPLM/A oyee

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    • 19 March 2012 07:48, by abraham

      Shut up your mouth, menh tinge agueech. Only thief like you would want to see a continuation of Kiir miserable rule.

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      • 19 March 2012 08:46, by George Bol

        Abraham,

        Enguo ke heen chou nyimuor. Ch heen kueel ne jiin gat mieth-naath nagatins.

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      • 21 March 2012 18:14, by panom lualbil

        YOUR NEW CANDIDATES ARE:
        1. JAMES WANI IGGA %
        2. PAGAN AMUM OKICH %
        3. NHIAL DENG NHIAL %
        4. RIEK MACHAR TENY %
        Just curious seeing how you’all rate them b4 saying none.

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    • 19 March 2012 07:55, by Diu J.Kuek

      South Sudan election Law should be draft and define certains limitation for terms also it need election commission which will be an independent autonomous body.that shall consists of chief election commissioner and others election commissioners be appointed by President with consultation of chief election commissioner if we committed with the principle of democracy in nation.

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      • 19 March 2012 08:09, by Diu J.Kuek

        But I doubt the proper democracy will work out in the Republic of South Sudan since those who buy their positions with the fundamental rights of the people of South Sudan still in this Government even they don,t know if there is written and the most detaled Constitution is gaurantee the bright future for the next generation and generations to come for the nation

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        • 19 March 2012 16:51, by Monyjang

          Diu,you right brother,the same people who buy their position in the name of our people are still there.instead of hate our self we suppose to know fact.young people like you who knows the reallity will make south sudan better place later.you said it all.

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    • 19 March 2012 07:57, by Paul Chadrack

      What 8 years are you talking about?, if kiir current term end, forget about another 4year for him again, he will be voted out like dog by masses should coming election be free and fair. no more new mandate to Bhar el Gazal corrupt personalities to continue looting our resources.

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      • 19 March 2012 09:45, by Mapuor

        We should first of all work hard to see to it that those who divided us before are not given chance to come back.South Sudan is for all.Term limit is a necessity,but that does not mean that people of Bhar El Gazal should be exempted becoz of Kiir weak governance.Kiir is stronger than nothing for he united S/Sudanese by rewarding Nyagats who murdered Thousands for Tahania & Gergosh

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    • 19 March 2012 08:40, by Manyieldit

      Carter Center need to know that South Sudan is an independent country which need to workout its laws and not to be force by other countries. We are not part of USA and we have nothing with USA politic.

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    • 19 March 2012 08:48, by Ruach

      George Bol.E jin dar.Kuaar e dung wec cie dung muor.Nguot emo be lielkun ciotni raar yen Jaang.Cia lac e goaa.
      Haha another 8 years!We are not pple of today,but people of tomorrow and we should deal with our future developments.

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    • 19 March 2012 09:08, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      It is always my obvious amazemnet to hear Americans and Europeans daily commenting on African affairs of the days and nights. Why? What is the problem? Is Africa a continent for every man? Does it mean God created Africa to be frequently directly or indirectly ruled by foreign powers?

      May God do something to people who have sharp ears and eyes on African issues.

      Take care!

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      • 19 March 2012 15:16, by Jamjamez

        You don’t need to be blind about the truth the Carter center is trying to say! they are trying to save you from another tyrant dictator that can potentially stays in power like Albashir.This has to be only averted through establish laws within the Constitution. So Stop your Anti-western sentiments. It is better for them to shade light on something they are aware of,then you can think your own ways

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    • 19 March 2012 10:01, by Waucity

      Interviewing foriegn organizations, is a very bad idea...Journalist in Southern Sudan are very stupid...I foriegner give unwanted third party opinion...The one that does not study the problem very carefully...Southern Sudan is short of skill leaders...It is not AMerica!!!!!!!!

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    • 19 March 2012 16:18, by Bak0023

      Dear brothers & sis we wanted our President Kirr to proceed with the rest of the CPA implementation.immediately after our leader Dr Mabior passed and may God bless his soul.I think our current leaders will reconsider where our Nation is heading and make a some good judgment for Generations to come.But let’s pay attention to what’s happening in Somalia with South Sudan in mind. And unite ourselves.

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    • 20 March 2012 01:31, by Bak0023

      Dear Brothers and Sisters please let’s consider unity in our Great Country.Yes we can remind our leaders regarding what their lacking to achieve.I thought we would press our leaders on issues like our town of Abyei,the implementation Nuba Mountain,and Blue Nile.For your reference these regions belongs to South Sudan.There are other cases like the Bombing on our sovereignty repeatedly and no action

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  • 19 March 2012 07:40, by manyang mawech

    Don’t get mr. the current president is not mature we are better to get ride off in early stage. even though you dinka love leadership, let bring another dinka not him. so i choose Kuol Manyang to be next.

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    • 19 March 2012 07:46, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      We learn from well-located source the letter was written by Riek Machar to advice the international community that they should pressure Kiir and the SPLA/M to draft the president term limit in order for him to have a chance to rule, we know it, but Riek machar cannot dictate what we can do as governing party,
      This lunatic power angry dude must be watch carefully otherwise he will become like

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      • 19 March 2012 07:55, by abraham

        Kiir will go whether you like it or not. We are south Sudanese, we are not N.Sudanese to stick with one dumbass mother fucker

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        • 19 March 2012 08:00, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          We learn from well-located source the letter was written by Riek Machar to advice the international community that they should pressure Kiir and the SPLA/M to draft the president term limit in order for him to have a chance to rule, we know it, but Riek machar cannot dictate what we can do as governing party,
          This lunatic power angry dude must be watch carefully otherwise he will become like

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          • 19 March 2012 08:01, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            Zimbabwe prime minster Tsangaris who love power through other country deception but for you confused manyang you need to respect non nyagat Kiir otherwise I will treat your disrespect as nothings but jealousy of the successful man [Kiir] in his life, who would you compare with Salva Kiir among your Nuer Nyagateen who are now under the shadow of Garang and Kiir amnesty?
            Shame is always from nuer,

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            • 19 March 2012 10:34, by Paul Chadrack

              to those looters and supporters of Kiir, your days are numbered, whether u like it or not kiir and his looter will go.it is now well culcalated by the west that kiir and his entourages are not for the development of S Sudan,what they are doing now is how to replace him and by who?, for SS prosperity.so kiir will go.

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              • 19 March 2012 13:14, by Loko El Pollo

                TERM LIMIT IS NOT A PROBLEM IF THE ONE IN POWER IS A COMPETENT LEADER WHO DOES NOT DISCRIMINATES CERTAIN GROUP AND WORK WITH THE OTHER TO WEAKEN THE OTHER.SOUTH SUDAN WILL NOT BE A FAIL STATE IF LAWS ARE APPLY ACCORDING TO THE CRIMES COMMITED, WETHER YOU ARE POOR OR RICH.DICTATORSHIP WILL NOT WORK IN THE SOUTH BECAUSE SOME POLITICIANS WILL USE THERE PEOPLE AS MEAL TICKET,WHICH WILL LEAD US TO ANAR

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                • 19 March 2012 13:21, by Loko El Pollo

                  CHY AND TRIBAL STRIFFES.SPLM TWISTED THE LAWS DURING THE LAST ELECTIONS TO FAVOR ITS INTEREST WHICH MADE A LOT OF PEOPLE DISCONTED WITH THE SCHEME OF THINGS IN THE SOUTH.

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            • 19 March 2012 17:45, by Marier Mading

              Dear brothers,
              I will kindly ask you to avoid tribalism over the website, we need to look ahead for our future; and if this is the case then president after Kiir can come from any tribe regardless of hatred to one another. Further more, the term limits should based on the free will of all South Sudanese and NOT individuals, so poll opinion will be done when time comes and stop aggressive langu

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      • 19 March 2012 07:56, by omoni jr.

        D.D.SPLM.
        This is not Awan chan properties,south sudan is belong to over 60 tribes,talking about Dinka and nuer is south sudan Al shabab net work of somalia.

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      • 19 March 2012 07:58, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Zimbabwe prime minster Tsangaris who love power through other country deception but for you confused manyang you need to respect non nyagat Kiir otherwise I will treat your disrespect as nothings but jealousy of the successful man [Kiir] in his life, who would you compare with Salva Kiir among your Nuer Nyagateen who are now under the shadow of Garang and Kiir amnesty?
        Shame is always from nuer,

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        • 19 March 2012 08:21, by Ruach

          Haha Mangoor and George Bol.
          Do you think South Sudan is land of non Educated pple?These laws will be against.We can’t be ruled with head not speaking!What amnesty are you talking about?It is just a matter of time.I think Kiir has ruled from 2005 upto now.

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          • 19 March 2012 10:05, by Mapuor

            Yes Ruac

            We need highly educated people like Gen Matip Nhial & all Nuers highly educated military commanders to rule Jaang illiterates for ever.Luaks, produces Phd holders.Shame on you gadamaar

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            • 19 March 2012 10:59, by Ruach

              Mapuor.Matip is not quite different from Kiir who went to Language and speaks better.Most MPs from you tribes in SSLA don’t speak or write English.They are just there for voting only.Min de laar ji ke Thok Naath eni hoo bia lac.Carter is not joking.If I become a President tomorrow,I will be limited and directed by the constitutions and limited terms.If it is 24 hours,it is ok for me and the rest.

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        • 19 March 2012 09:11, by Ruach

          Why did we allow carter during referendum and reject them today?Dictatorship is the key answer

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      • 19 March 2012 08:29, by viper

        Dinka Dominated SPLA/M, An idiot like you has the right to talk like that. It is a blessing if the VP Riak is the one calling for term limiting to the president. Who do you want to rule SS for ever? And which governing party are you talking about? You mean this party full of looters? Shame on you. Riek can rule since he is a south Sudanese.

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        • 19 March 2012 08:47, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Look how you tough out like woman and indeed you are a woman, keep nagging but make sure that you are under our shadow[amnesty] you called me an idiot, how about confused child like you who chase the wind in any direction, how would you called yourself? Shameless is always come from Nuer

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          • 19 March 2012 09:54, by viper

            D. D SPLM/A. Does it mean that those who use to tell the truth are Nuer? You are an idiot, a shameless human person with strange name on the web. You are a confused creature who always tell nonesence on the web. How can you reject a peaceful power transition in the RSS if you are not a confused creature?

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      • 19 March 2012 08:36, by Diu J.Kuek

        Dinka D.SPLA/M
        Mr Mangoor let me advice you once again brother don,t forget this nation is not Dr Riek Machar Teny’s property its for you and me don,t be naive to know and recognize your fundamental Right within our Constitution your natural hatred to Dr Machar will lead you nowhere. when the people are talking about democracy is for generation and generations to come.

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    • 19 March 2012 08:16, by viper

      Manyang Mawech, Kuol has failed completely in Jonglei, how can you propose him for presidency? Do you want S. Sudan to be like Jonglei? Kuol, and his likes have no space here because they are all a bunch of looters. We, the pple of S. Sudan will vote those SPLM looters out in this coming elections couz they are leading the country to nowhere. They are concerned with their stomaches only

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  • 19 March 2012 08:07, by viper

    President Kiir and his chief justice John Luke were dreaming of writing a constitution that can let them rule for ever, but now they are being flanked by the international community due to their dictatorial intentions. Hence let them now feel the shame. We don,t want a one man show in the ROSS. He has to go back to Awan after this term. No way

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    • 19 March 2012 08:17, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      viper
      Look at this confused Nuer boy pretend to be Dinkas but his negatived thinking reveal his really identity in shot time, Do you actual think that if president Kiir left there will be chance for Riek to rule? This dream of becoming president took Riek to Khartoum with lam Akol and brought them back under amnesty of Dr John and Kiir with shame in their children and families

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      • 19 March 2012 10:14, by viper

        Dinka Dominated SPLM/A. As a true patriot, I do support all peaceful means of power transition in this country because it was what we fought for. You are now on a very wrong side on this forum like your Name. Who do u think is illigible to rule this country for ever? Iam not a Nuer but I can support those carrying good initiative like that one of VP as you said

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  • 19 March 2012 08:13, by manyang mawech

    my fellow southerners leave leadership for dinka let bring little bit qualify not not kirr. kuol manyang nhial deng are best for job. many dont trust hat on his head so relieve him from job. let him open his beer store in juba and every where so he can become business man.

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  • 19 March 2012 08:22, by Anynya One

    Dinka/Nuer or whoever! why sneaking and quarreling about people’s country! America will never see you holy monkeys rule South Sudan negatively! It is cleared, stakeholders i.e. citizens, civil society and political parties have right to support lawmakers in debating any draft bill, it strives to lay the ground work for credible future elections. It is the power of the South Sudanese People’s Vote!

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    • 19 March 2012 08:47, by Anynya One

      No more nasty behavior! whether you’re from Dinka/Nuer! Every body who knows their origin is from the South Sudan must now know you are under surveillance. All must feel young, free & relieved! This is the reason South Sudanese fought for 50 years; battling Arabs North. We have many young blood, fresh brains around us. Is time to pick a respectful candidate from anywhere especialy Equatoria region

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      • 19 March 2012 10:29, by viper

        Anyanya One, you are right. You can candidate any one in Equatoria except Bari. A candidate from bari will not be acceptable due to the current disturbances in the issues of land in Juba town

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      • 19 March 2012 15:30, by Ruach

        Haha Anyanya 0.No Presidence for u as you are guided by the cultures of Congolese and Ugandan.Wait abit.We are all South Sudanese.Unless u learn our cultures and traditions.We don’t wanna be ruled like how Ugandans/Congolese are ruled.I silent man does not mean that he is a good man

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        • 19 March 2012 17:56, by Anynya One

          Miss Ruach,

          When I was born in Torit 1955, we never know who the heck you are! Now we are still making research about you & had noticed you came from Ethiopia. No worries, my dad was kind enough to welcoming you in the Eastern EQ. so we fight Arab together. But you want to turn your Junky horns & shitt! Drink cow’s spirits? Kill other Sossa! Wat the fuck!? We drink cow’s blood not spirit. Crab!

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  • 19 March 2012 08:30, by wang

    How come a man was caught from drink driver twice in Juba will complete another 8 years in the office?

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    • 19 March 2012 10:21, by Mapuor

      We should first of all work hard to see to it that those who divided us before are not given chance to come back.South Sudan is for all.Term limit is a necessity,but that does not mean that people of Bhar El Gazal should be exempted becoz of Kiir weak governance.Kiir is stronger than nothing for he united S/Sudanese by rewarding Nyagats who murdered Thousands for Tahania & Gergosh

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  • 19 March 2012 08:32, by Mr Neutral

    Some just claim to be educated but yet lack the intellect of a civilized person.We love to see our tribesmen in top leadership but never mind what he/she does to the people of S.Sudan.Now a dinka from troubled Jonglei can be happy coz kiir is the pre.while he/she is under continuous insecurity that kiir’s gov.failed to tackle in an appropriate manner.Tribalism is too outdated for this modern time.

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  • 19 March 2012 10:31, by manyang mawech

    propaganda made by dr.dictator so nothing happened in bor in 1991. just let look at next move.

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  • 19 March 2012 11:20, by Raan Warrap

    Let’s not look at who pointed this out but the actual issue instead. Term limits is a must if you want some degree of democracy. Without term limits, there is no democracy because the state governers and presidents will be able to do whatever they wish.

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  • 19 March 2012 12:02, by garang kerubino

    the advised given by the carter centre is all that the citzen of this country are in need of but the question is "who will admit the issue of the term limit" for my case the presidetial term can be 5 years and the governors are also suppose to be five years but present Kiir can serve more than this to make sure that South Sudan is well secure from the gredy elements Dr. Lam.

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    • 19 March 2012 13:35, by Paul Chadrack

      Kiir is the most greediest man in south sudan,if he can keep boxes full of money in his house, who is the Hungriest now?.
      that was the reasons to remove the former Bank of S Sudan governor replacing him with somebody from his home state for easy access to all what will be inside that institution. so who is the greediest now.

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    • 19 March 2012 13:54, by Anynya One

      Hey Hey Mr. garang kerubino,

      Stop creating confusion here! Are you Junk! or you drunk with cow’s spirit? This issue had been admitted by "SOUTHERN SUDANESE CITIZENS ALL OVER THE WORLD" right from the beginning before we voted for this country. Mr. Kiir served his term, he must go age gracefully. There are new brilliant kids born within our familis ready to develop South Sudan. Life is a Circle!

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