25 September, 2020

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Kalabala @ Yahapalanaya

By Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

Two years in to Yahapalanaya, major cracks have emerged with the partners of the historic nuptial that took place in January 2015 between the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG). Time has come for a decision to be made whether to continue to live together, divorce and get in to a new partnership or find some same sex partners! The most vociferous ones are the Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists who crossed over and joined Maithripala Sirisena after the January 2016 Presidential elections, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramesinghe, the crafty technocrat is showing immense patience with a few foul-mouthed Sirisena loyalists of the UPFA.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Medamulana ‘lion’ is making waves and is ready for a comeback to a downgraded role as the Prime Minister by shifting heads in Parliament. His younger sibling, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been chosen by the Chinese to train him in International Diplomacy and Statecraft in preparation for the 2020/21 Presidential Elections. The contest is on for seats in the game of musical chairs. Will President Sirisena have an ‘AAPPA’ meal with the Prime Minister and throw his lot with the former boss, thereby becoming the undisputed leader of the SLFP? A timely reminder of the cliché, “there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics”, and in the Sri Lankan context, it is only self-interest and dirty lucre.

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the twice-lucky Prime Minister has blundered big time by defending his buddy Arjun Mahendran, Perpetual Holdings, and the bond scam. All is not well even within his own United National Party (UNP) where many are convinced that he is no more ‘Mr Clean’. Parliamentarians from President Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the Joint Opposition, and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) claim that they know a lot more about the bond scam than the citizens of this country, citing the COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) report as testimony. The United National Party (UNP) has hit back and threatens to reveal all ‘Cabral’ deals as part of the investigations and insist that they will be expanded to cover the last 8 years of Rajapaksa rule. A sure sign that the Government has something to hide and is trying to take cover under Rajapaksa lapses. Namal Rajapaksa’s closest buddy and the suspected launderer of their ill-gotten wealth Arjuna Aloysius has become the bond scam’s ‘Cosa Nostra’.

President Sirisena, who once claimed that he would not be among the living if Mahinda Rajapaksa had won the Presidential Election in January 2015, is now flirting with the idea of a united Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Majority UPFA parliamentary members will favour their own government even if they have to work with Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka’s ever-present rumour machine has already spun saying “Mahinda has a deal with Maithri.” They have started playing the numbers game to topple the Yahapalanaya Government. The Nugegoda rally on the 27th of January and the planetary changes that took place have given hope to the Joint Opposition. The unfortunate SLFP MPs who were left out of government luxuries after January 2015 cannot survive for too long in the Opposition without the perks and privileges of office, so they are desperate for change. On the other hand, if the UNP backbenchers have their way, most of the Mahinda Rajapaksa cohorts will be behind bars soon. There is pressure mounting on Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and President Maithripala, who are suspected of shielding the Rajapaksa clan, to prosecute and deliver on the Yahapalanaya promise to bring the entire lot of Rajapaksas to justice. Every one of them has a “file” and all it takes is for them to be opened. There is no need of a FCID. They are accused of pilfering the wealth of the nation, murder, violation of human rights, and extreme corruption.

The current headcount in parliament reads as: UNFGG-106, UPFA- 95, TNA- 16, JVP- 6, SLMC- 1, and EPDP- 1. Out of the 95 from the UPFA, 43 ditched Mahinda Rajapaksa after the August 2015 General Elections and joined the Sirisena wing and were absorbed in to government ranks to benefit from the perks of office. One of them has now returned to the Joint Opposition. So, for any chance of a Sirisena-Rajapaksa government to succeed, 60 Members of Parliament will have to ‘scale the fence’. Will 60 members trust Sirisena who once betrayed Mahinda Rajapaksa if he makes the move to betray Ranil Wickremesinghe?

Under this volatile political situation, will Mahinda’s Joint Opposition and President Maithripala Sirisena’s SLFP succeed in uniting? Even if President Maithripala Sirisena takes his entire group of SLFPers to the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp, will they have the magic number of 113? How many of the UNPers will jump? Will some of the suspected ill gotten billions buy over the “Rathu Ali Patiyas” and the TNA to form a new Ranil Wickremesinge government? Or will the Rathu Ali Patiyas be a part of a coalition where their arch rival, Wimal Weerawansa would be playing a lead role? Will the President make sure that Wimal Weerawansa continues to be in his jumpers at Welikada to entice the JVP to join him? Will the Tamil National Alliance, whom President Sirisena has been sending up the murunga tree in recent times join Maithri and betray the United National Party? Will the TNA breakup with either the Sampanthan wing or Vigneswaran group, and join Sirisena? Will India entertain this thought? Too many “If’s and will they?” for Sri Lanka to be comfortable.

Adding spice to all the political Kalabala is Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero’s announcement that he would sit independently in Parliament. The Hela Urumaya is demanding his seat back citing an agreement reached before he was appointed. Ven. Rathana Thero knows too much of the inner dealings of the Jathika Hela Urumaya to force anything on him. Will Champika and his lot risk taking that chance with him?

There is no doubt that many are disgruntled with the Government. ‘One shot’ has given his deadly punch to mobilize the entire local government network against the Government with his “hena gahanna” curse on the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary. The first test of the future of the Government is going to be the forthcoming Local Government Elections. Ranil Wickremesinghe has ‘to take the bull by its horns’ and settle this immediately, so that the local government network does not work against his government. The minority communities, especially the Muslims feel that Buddhist extremism and racism have re-emerged, and its much worse than during the period of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Although Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa allowed the extremists to cause havoc with impunity, there was no official state patronage visible. Today, at the behest of Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, President Sirisena entertains the violent extremist monks and accords them recognition as for the Most Respected Mahanayakas and other religious leaders.

The relaunch of the Rajapaksa campaign to destabilize the government was begun in Nugegoda. Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Joint Opposition who have been bragging of major crossovers from the Government, are now giving excuses, stating that they don’t want them to be identified just yet. Are they chickening out, or were they just bluffing? The failed May Day rally in Kirulapone put in to cold storage their early campaign to topple the Government, but with the present undercurrents at the Presidential Secretariat, the Mahinda camp is getting revitalized. With China willing to invest, they may make some noise, but my bet is that the gas will fizzle out unless Gota is announced as the Presidential candidate for the 2020 or 2021 contest. However, President Sirisena is not ready for retirement yet and will not entertain the idea of Gota in the fray.

Ranil Wickremesinghe is on a suicidal mission. He along with President Maithripala Sirisena is preventing the arrest of the Rajapaksas and bringing them to justice. The corrupt politicians of the former regime are shouting hoarse to ensure that the Government will think twice before arresting them. They could always claim that they were arrested to prevent them being the political opposition. The Government needs to call their bluff and send them behind bars, because that is what the voters mandated the Maithri-Ranil Government in January 2015. The failure to bring justice to murdered Lasantha, Ekneligoda and Thajudeen are a sad reflection on the Maithri-Ranil commitment to Yahapalanaya. The three unfortunate murders have been used as toilet paper, which needs to be flushed after use. In all three cases, it is believed that there is ample evidence to send some big names to Welikada. The much hyped corruption charges and promises to bring back the plundered loot of the Rajapaksas too seem to be just a mirage.

The Rajapaksa regime got the most decorated Sarath Fonseka to wear the jumpers immediately after he lost the 2010 Presidential Elections. Some still claim that his victory was stolen. As the most decorated officer who held the highest office in the Sri Lankan Army during the most important period of Sri Lankan war history, his rights and privileges were totally violated. A man who survived a Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam’s (LTTE) suicide attack and led the forces to victory in the Eelam war was treated worse than a common criminal. Pressure from the international community, America and India had no impact on the Rajapaksa rule. Today, minions like Wimal Weerawanasa get privileges a hundred times more than Sarath Fonseka. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, members of the Joint Opposition, family members of Werawansa and party loyalists are allowed to visit him at Welikada with food, phones and other luxuries with media cameras following them when he has been imprisoned for financial irregularities during his tenure as a Minister. Are these the privileges that our elected Members of Parliament should be accorded for plundering state wealth? Speaker, Karu Jayasooriya needs to revisit the parliamentary privileges section and order that political criminals should not enjoy such privileges.

President Maithripala Sirisena will do well to rewind to mid 2014 and remind himself of his political standing at the time. The original Yahapalanaya team which consisted of Chandrika Kumaranatunga, Venerable Sobitha Thero, Ranil Wickremesinge, some members of the diplomatic corps and the United National Party, must be wondering what happened to the ‘innocent’ Maithripala Sirisena’s promise of abolishing the Presidency. Junius Richard Jayewardene who created the top seat of the presidency had left enough ‘glue’ on the seat so that anyone sitting would not want to vacate it. President Sirisena has mobilized his ‘mouthpieces’ to demand that the Executive Presidency is not abolished, so that he could serve a second term. I am reminded of President Sirisena’s promise on July 14th, 2015, stating When he assumed office as the President, he came “with both arms held high to erase the Presidency and to reduce presidential powers. He was, he is and he will be the same tomorrow. That is his policy for freedom and democracy of the common man of his country.” Let us hope that good sense and those noble ideals will prevail with President Maithripala Sirisena.

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    Sri lanka doe snot have visionary or capable leaders. That is why Maitheipala sirisena is waiting until Mahinda Rajapakse get rehabilitated and come with him. Ranil wickramasinghe is trying the same thing. He does not want to prosecute Rajapakses. If Maithripala Sirisena goes on his Own, Ranil would gang up the Rajapakse crowd.

    Ranil wickramsinghe is not patient. He is working. the bond scam, NEw constitution, INdependance day parade on February 4th, amount of money lonaed from overseas by various tricks, taking Central Bank under him and not under the finanace ministry Money prining are all his work.

    Hilmy ahmed also does not talk the truth. some muslims parties already have signed with Mahinda Rajapakse group. Muslims are typical thoppi piratti in that sense. Because one group is with yahaplanaya. those who could not make it with yahapalanaya are with Mahinda Rajapakse.

    Both SLFP and UNP are politically bankrupt parties. They can not make a govt on their own. So, the only way for them is lieing, cheating. both parties are full of present thieves and former thieves. They all became rich at the expense of the country.

    Sri lanka, does not have a courageous, visionary and honest leader who can save the country from this meance. that is why Tamils, Muslims, NGOs, foreign connsulates, and NGOs are governing the country.

    Don’t trust JVP too. they are losers too.

    Sri lanka needs a dare devil, very powerful, at least one who can interpret rules to suit the country. Instead Maithripala sirisena trying to be NAIVe and innocent, if he acts like a leader Central Bank scam would have been settled by now. HE is weak. that is why even Europenas Homos want their kingdom established in Sri lanka.

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    [Edited out]

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    Ranil cannot govern for more than two years. He got [Edited out] by Chandrika and now he will have Sirisena doing it and Mahinda Rajapaksa will join in

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    Mr. Ahamed,

    Who are you ghost writing for this time? Hakeem, Bathiudeen or Paisa Musthafa ?

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      I think he is writing for Gotabaya Rajapaksa. “unless Gota is announced as the Presidential candidate for the 2020 or 2021 contest”

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    A good analysis thanks. However, I can understand most of the points addressed in the articles, but some of the items added are beyond my understanding. I hope the same with me the like minded CT readers. So I thought of adding them here below one behind the other.

    1.Ranil Wickremesinghe is on a suicidal mission. He along with President Maithripala Sirisena is preventing the arrest of the Rajapaksas and bringing them to justice
    The kind of suicidal mission is no clear to many. Why both stand against the arrest of MR ?
    As I feel that can profit both parties if brainwashed folks would be served instead with facts- that the media prostitutes have kept away from the day o1. If one would go for a 100-person-opinion poll representing all various walks of people in the country- the out come would be even the basic information about the political truths about Rajaakshes are out of their information. That is the reason eligible voters to go after Rajapakshe men even after the prima facie evidence of the high profile frauds cold-bloodedly carried out by Basil, Gota, Namal, Yoshita, Jaliya, Udayanga and several more in the Rajapakshe notorious dynasty.

    CONTD

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    CONTD
    2.The Rajapaksa regime got the most decorated Sarath Fonseka to wear the jumpers immediately after he lost the 2010 Presidential Elections

    This I found beyond all ethics and morals the way they have SF wore the jumpers that way- to treat him that way- is not seen today. That most abusive –drug kin pin- rapists- murder Duminda Silva –convicted life long prisoner- has today been enjoying his prison-stay for some reasons – that the media seems keeping away from the general public. Even state media are no into bring any information as to why SF –thought national hero to have worn them and Duminda or others not to…. Why ? the mother lanka will curse on entire nation only for this issue. SF has truthfully sacrificed his entire life for the war- and save the nation. Titles alone cant help him if we want to pay the gratitude for his life sacrifices. His 3 years after the great work is done were stolen by Rajaakshe for revengeful personal vendetta.

    3.What happened to the ‘innocent’ Maithripala Sirisena’s promise of abolishing the Presidency. Junius Richard Jayewardene who created the top seat of the presidency had left enough ‘glue’ on the seat so that anyone sitting would not want to vacate it.

    As we heard it complete abolishing of the EP was not the pledge prior to the election.

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    Hilmy Ahamed

    RE: Kalabala @ Yahapalanaya

    It is not only that the Kalabala @ Yahapalanaya, is headed by a Turncoat, Traitor, Gona, Mala-Perethaya, and Sevalaya, to those 6.2 million who voted for him, he had been trained by his mentor for over 10 years by

    MaRa MaRa ChaTu MaRa
    MaRa MaRa AmaNa MaRa
    MaRa MaRa HoRa MaRa
    MaRa MaRa DhushaNa MaRa.

    So, Sirisena ways to have it both ways. He wants to appease, the crooks and killers, the Sinhala “Buddhist” Style, and MaRa MaRa ChaTu MaRa knows that Sirisena is a weakling.

    So, we get Kalabala Yahapalanaya and Bakal Yahapalanaya.

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    “Ranil Wickremesinghe is on a suicidal mission. He along with President Maithripala Sirisena is preventing the arrest of the Rajapaksas and bringing them to justice. “

    The MS/RW combo are cooking their own goose by allowing the criminals they protect to remain free in spite of all the collective evidence that is sufficient to put them away behind bars.

    But then it should be obvious to any reasonably intelligent person to understand the hypocrisy and lies that overwhelm any vestige of decency and honesty in these two ‘leaders’ is par for the course with our politikkas.

    So all we can do is wait for the excrement to hit that fan!

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    Hilmy, all of these politicians are corrupt ,their only goal is money ,they are having an orgy in the background fooling the innocent poor citizens of Srilanka. Talking of the major cracks with the partners , the cracks are getting bigger between their ass cheeks , Sure Ranil will enjoy the climax while Mara and My3 will enjoy the pleasure.

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    What is Hilmy’s agenda. Is he promoting Gota? “but my bet is that the gas will fizzle out unless Gota is announced as the Presidential candidate for the 2020 or 2021 contest. However, President Sirisena is not ready for retirement yet and will not entertain the idea of Gota in the fray.” WATCH OUT, Gota is investing on his campaign already

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    Has Bodhipala Sirisena become Calamaity Jane to help Batalanada Ranil?..?.

    Never seen any Srilankan President or a PM, shouting on stage, spitting so much Venom and so much hatred towards own ex colleagues making false allegations of corruption.

    Where was Bodhi Sira for the previous 30 years before 8 Jan 2015?.

    Only a Nuff Nuff will believe his Bull S.

    No wonder he went all the way to Moneragala to hold the meeting.

    Co Operative Elections, which are the only Elections these Yahapalana fundamental rights Avatars allow ,have given Bodhisira Zilth each and evry time, with the JO thrashing the rogue UNP 3 to 1,

    The latest JO meeting in Nugegda must have sent a shiver up his central nerve,

    Especially with his senior golayas who have some credibility getting on to the fence and even praising the JO meet.

    Plus the serve from Bellalawila Wimlarathana Thero must have put a rocket up his ass too.

    Because Bellalawila Thero is no Sobitah or Rathne.

    No matter what spin Bodhisira puts , Most among his 40 Golayas are not going to sign on Batalanada Constitution to give the Vellalas the Eelaam.

    How can Bodhisira not deliver on Batalanada Ranil’s MOU undertaking to the Vella TNA and their new ally Suren Surendran?.

    Diaspora Mahendran’s CB heist turned Mr Clean in to Mr Stinky.

    No wonder Batalanda Ranil went to Anuradhapura to attack the Nugegoda inhabitants for supporting JO.

    It looks to me more like, Mara “Kachal @ Yahapalanaya”.

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      No wonder Batalanda Ranil went to Anuradhapura to attack the Nugegoda inhabitants for supporting JO.

      Ranil Talks about million jobs. but, he does not say how he is going to do.

      Only thing we know, How did Ancient kings provided jobs to people by building ruwanweli seya and Parakrama samudraya. those were build without foreign aids, IMF/world bank consultaions or foreign know-how.

      Now, the $ seven billion those maids send is the colatteral. Ranil has borrowed far more than what the previous govt borrowed. Yet, he says, he is paying what Mahinda R borrowed. Add, currency swaps and new money printed on to that.

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    The writing is on the wall for Yakapalanaya. It’s just a matter of time before the coup is executed without bloodshed. Parliament jokes will be the topic in a few weeks when many UNPers cross the aisle

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    Constitutional reality check: the Presidential election is not in 2020/2021, it is in December 2019.

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      You always know it better.. [Edited out]

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    Is Ranil planning something with MARA? Otherwise he should have sent the entire family to the gallows. Sira would have enjoyed being the hangman. He even imported the rope for it, but Ranil has something up his sleeve to teach Sira for his hypocrisy. Ranil, cannot win a presidential election, so he needs to scrap or downgrade it so that he can continue to be the executive prime ministerselected by parliment

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    Yes, we have some deficiencies in our administration. They all relate to the never-ending grievances about the so-called discrimination of Muslims.

    So why don’t you keep on making representations to your friends/saviors at the US embassy?

    You ungrateful schemers.

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      Point Blank, we dont need to go to the USA. If we stop all the women going to the moiddle east, you would be starving. Remember, the Muslim countries contribute USD 9 billion to the country by way of employment. Remember, Muslims are not traitors.

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        So go to your womanising, murderous blood sucking middle east Thambi friends’ embassies and complain to see if we are worried.

        We will never kneel to the kona kapapu stupid, devil worshipping brigade because they have oil money. Shove the money up where the waste comes you idiot.

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        No the biggest selfish back stabbers. Tamil by heritage and ethnicity however deny this in the name of religion worship everything Arab, join with Sinhalese racists to do everything to destroy Tamil and Tamil heritage in the island.
        The only thing all your writers come here and cry is about how ungrateful the Sinhalese are for not rewarding your immigrant community from South India for joining in the genocidal war criminal dance against the Tamils, instead now punishing their backstabbing community.

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    Very well written Hilmy, you are to the point.

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    Mr. Ahamed

    You have mentioned UNP,SLFP,JVP,TNA, JHU, Gota,MR, Rathana Thera, Bellanwila Thera……but not a word on the Muslim politicians . What will be their asking price to do a high jump at the right time ?

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      Mubarak Abdul Majeed has been saying all these time Prophet Mohamed was born in Lankawe. So Lankawe is the original birthplace of Islam, as per Ullama Party. Now he went back Old Royals with the hand on the shoulders of Rishard. Remember the case? When Old King lost, Rishard moved to Yahapalanaya’s Minister post. Then Old King said one of his Minister had stolen 5000 acres land. I wonder if somebody thought to run away with the trusty hold of the land?

      Who knows on whose name the Dubai bank account.

      Hilmi is so confused of what to write. Now he could not even write about JVP. “Anna Nadai Nadakka Pauyi Kakam tan Nadaiyum Kedduthaam”.(The crow attempted to walk like swan and these days it has lost even its style). The flamboyant advocate of Arabian culture for Lankawe Muslims started looking out for JVP to save that that swan walk. JVP is not asking for Muslim Leaders’ party hopping support. In this essay he is setting up of Lemon Puff Veeraya against JVP. What kind of heinous politics these writers are writing?

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    All bugs are Mara Rats. Canibals. Poor Sri Lankans cheated. Rich are most by corrupt. what a joke. Big jokes are not the poorest. The educated. What are they doing. Hungry begging class. Ma Ra and Sewalya and Tam Tam president are getting well with peoples money. Oh jee poor and Educated mad what are your achievements? oops bulling a Nation. Idiots. what a shit you all re mixing. Get rid of all fuking politickos… where are the brave educated Army commanders… Shit every where… bucket Nation You all are funny debtors to world class Nations… Bla Bla with Aroganz and High intelligence…with lot jealousy… A nation with full in Human madness… Bitter Bitter

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    Good governance champions like hilmy have now got disgusted by the incompetence of his masters. Its time that Mahinda Rajapaksa is brought back in to power so that the country can prosper.

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    Hold on! I hear something called ‘Black Van’!
    Don’t you?
    Does it mean Y-palan is no longer Mr. Clean but Mr. Black? It reminds me of Richard de Soyza (the slain journalist loved by all)!

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    The truth is that we need Gota as the president of this country. He will be the right man for the job to steer sri lanka towards economic growth and prosperity. Gota for President in 2020.

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    Its time that Ranil lined all these fellows and does what he is good at from behind.

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