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Council of Women World Leaders: Members

As of February 2015, the Council consists of 68 women prime ministers and presidents from around the world. From every corner of the globe, these members represent the growing voice of women in international politics. This list includes general members as well individuals who are involved in the leadership of the Council. The link to a separate list indicating the leadership of the Council of Women World Leaders can be found at the bottom of this page.

Madeline Albright: Founding Chair Ministerial Initiative, U. S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001

Founding Chair Ministerial Initiative, U. S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001
Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State in 1997 after having served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Her appointment, at the time, gave her the distinction of being the highest ranking women in US political history.

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Corazon Aquino: President, Philippines, 1986-1992 d.2009

President, Philippines, 1986-1992, d.2009
IN MEMORY: Maria Corazon Aquino was the 11th President of the Philippines, the first woman to hold that prestigious office, and additionally the first female president in Asia. Aquino was a lifelong supporter of civil liberties and human rights.

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Michelle Bachelet: President, Chile 2006-2010, 2014-Present

President, Chile 2006-2010, 2014-Present
Michelle Bachelet is the former Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women and current President of Chile.

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Joyce Banda President, Malawi 2012-2014

President, Malawi 2012-2014
Upon her rise to the presidency of Malawi in 2012 Joyce Banda became the 4th president of Malawi and first female to hold the title.

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Sirimavo Bandaranaike: Prime Minister, Sri Lanka 1960-1965, 1970-1977, 1994-2000, d.2000

Prime Minister, Sri Lanka 1960-1965, 1970-1977, 1994-2000, d.2000
Sirimavo Bandaranaike was born into a prominent family on April 17, 1916 and was educated at St Bridget’s Convent, Colombo.

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Pamela Gordon-Banks: Premier, Bermuda, 1997-1998

Premier, Bermuda, 1997-1998
Pamela Gordon, was the first woman and the youngest person to hold the Premier (Prime Minister) position in Bermuda.

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Benazir Bhutto: Prime Minister, Pakistan, 1988-1990, 1993-1997, d.2007

Prime Minister, Pakistan, 1988-1990, 1993-1997, d.2007
Benazir Bhutto was born on June 21, 1953 in Pakistan. She was the eldest child of former minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

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Kamla Persad-Bissessar: Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago, 2010-2015

Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago, 2010-2015
Kamla Persad-Bissessar is the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Gro Harlem Brundtland: Prime Minister, Norway, 1981, 1986-1989, 1990-1996

Prime Minister, Norway, 1981, 1986-1989, 1990-1996
Gro Harlem Bruntland was Norway’s first and only female Prime Minister and is an international leader in sustainable development and public health.

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Micheline Calmy-Rey: President of the Federal Council, Switzerland, 2007, 2011

President of the Federal Council, Switzerland, 2007, 2011
Micheline Calmy-Rey was Switzerland’s second female President.

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Kathy Calvin: President and CEO United Nations Foundation, 2003-Present

President and CEO United Nations Foundation, 2003-Present
Kathy Calvin is the President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. In her time leading the UN Foundation, Calvin has worked to increase partnerships with like-minded organizations, foundations, and corporations, including the Council of Women World Leaders.

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Kim Campbell: Chair Emerita, Prime Minister, Canada, 1993

Chair Emerita, Prime Minister, Canada, 1993
Kim Campbell is the first and only woman Prime Minister of Canada, and only the second woman to sit at the table of G7 leaders.

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Violeta Barrios de Chamorro: President, Nicaragua, 1990-1997

President, Nicaragua, 1990-1997
Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was the first and only female president of Nicaragua, and the first Latin American woman elected to the office by election.

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Eugenia Charles: Prime Minister, Dominica, 1980-1995, d.2005

Prime Minister, Dominica, 1980-1995, d.2005
Eugenia Charles was the Prime Minister of Dominica from July 21, 1980 until June 4, 1995.

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Tansu Çiller: Prime Minister, Turkey, 1993-1996

Prime Minister, Turkey, 1993-1996
Tansu Çiller is an economist and politician who served as Turkish Prime Minister from 1993-1996.

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Helen Clark: Prime Minister, New Zealand, 1999-2008

Prime Minister, New Zealand, 1999-2008
Helen Clark served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand.

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Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, 2014-Present

President of Malta, 2014-Present
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca took oath as the 9th and youngest President of Malta on April 4th 2014. She was and still is, the first, and only, ever elected General Secretary of a Political Party in Malta.

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Paula Cox, Premier, Bermuda, 2010-2012

Paula Cox Premier, Bermuda, 2010-2012
Paula Cox became the third female Premier of Bermuda upon her election in 2010.

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Édith Cresson: Prime Minister, France, 1991-1992

Prime Minister, France, 1991-1992
Édith Cresson was appointed Prime Minister in 1991 by President Francois Mitterand, and served for a term of one year.

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Luísa Dias Diogo: Prime Minister, Mozambique, 2004-2010

Prime Minister, Mozambique, 2004-2010
Luisa Dias Diogo became the first woman Prime Minister of Mozambique in 2004, representing the country’s FRELIMO party, which has ruled the country since the nation’s independence in 1975.

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Ruth Dreifuss: President, Switzerland, 1999

President, Switzerland, 1999
Ruth Dreifuss is a member of the Swiss Social Democratic Party and was the first woman ever to become President of the Swiss Confederation.

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Emily de Jongh-Elhage: Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 2006-2010

Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 2006-2010
Emily de Jongh-Elhage is the fifth female Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles.

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Vigdís Finnbogadóttir: Founding Chair, President, Iceland, 1980-1996

Founding Chair, President, Iceland, 1980-1996
With her election as President of Iceland in 1980, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir became the first female head of state in the world.

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Julia Gillard: Prime Minister, Australia 2010-2013

Prime Minister, Australia 2010-2013
Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia in June of 2010 and served until 2013.

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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović: President, Croatia, 2015-Present

President, Croatia, 2015-Present
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was born on April 29, 1968 in Rijeka. She is the 4th and current President of Croatia.

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Dalia Grybauskaitė: Chair, President, Republic of Lithuania, 2009-Present

Chair President, Republic of Lithuania, 2009-Present
Dalia Grybauskaitė is the current President of the Republic of Lithuania, elected on May 17, 2009.

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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: President of the Republic of Mauritius, 2015-Present

President of the Republic of Mauritius, 2015-Present
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim GCSK, CSK, PhD was sworn in as the first female President of the Republic of Mauritius on June 5th 2015.

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Tarja Halonen: Chair Emerita, President, Finland, 2000-2012

Chair Emerita, President, Finland, 2000-2012
On March 1, 2000, Tarja Halonen was inaugurated as President of Finland, the first woman to have won that office.

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Sheikh Hasina: Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1996-2001 and 2009-Present

Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1996-2001 and 2009-Present
The Awami league won the elections on December 29, 2008 with an overwhelming majority and Sheikh Hasina was named Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She continues to serve in that capacity today.

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Janet Jagan: President, Guyana, 1997-1999, d.2009

President, Guyana, 1997-1999, d.2009
In 1997, Janet Jagan made history, becoming the first female president of Guyana.

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Atifete Jahjaga: President of Kosovo, 2011-2015

President of Kosovo, 2011-2015
While Atifete Jahjaga is the fourth President of Kosovo, she is the first female, first non-partisan candidate, and the youngest to be elected to the office.

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Kersti Kaljulaid: President, Estonia, 2016-Present

President, Estonia, 2016-Present
Kersti Kaljulaid is the fifth and current President of Estonia. She is the first female head of state of Estonia and the country’s youngest President.

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Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: President, Argentina, 2007-2015

President, Argentina, 2007-2015
In 2007, Fernández was elected as Argentina’s first ever elected female President.

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Mari Kiviniemi: Prime Minister, Finland, 2010-2011

Prime Minister, Finland, 2010-2011
Mari Kiviniemi served as Prime Minister of Finland from 2010 to 2011 following the resignation of Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, making her the second female prime minister in the history of Finland.

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Jadranka Kosor: Prime Minister, Croatia, 2009-2011

Prime Minister, Croatia, 2009-2011
Jadranka Kosor is the former Prime Minister of Croatia, taking office on July 6, 2009 after the resignation of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader.

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Chandrika Kumaratunga: President, Sri Lanka, 1994-2005

President, Sri Lanka, 1994-2005
Chandrika Kumaratunga was the fifth President and the first female President of Sri Lanka.

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Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila: Prime Minister, Namibia, 2015-Present

Prime Minister, Namibia, 2015-Present
Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is the fourth and current Prime Minister of Namibia. She has been a member of the National Assembly of Namibia since 1995 and served as Minister of Finance from 2003 to 2015.

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Doris Leuthard: President, Federal Council of Switzerland, 2010, 2017

President, Federal Council of Switzerland, 2010, 2017
Doris Leuthard has been a member of the Swiss Federal Council since August 1, 2006.

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Maria Liberia Peters: Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1984-1986, 1988-1994

Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1984-1986, 1988-1994
Maria Liberia Peters was elected Prime Minister of Netherlands Antilles, a position she held from 1984-1986 and later from 1988-1994.

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Laura Liswood: Founder and Secretary General, 1996-Present

Founder and Secretary General, 1996-Present
In 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders and became the Secretary General, a role that she has held since then.

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Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis: Prime Minister, Haiti, 2008-2009

Prime Minister, Haiti, 2008-2009
In 2008 Pierre-Louis became Prime Minister of Haiti, only the second woman to hold this position.

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Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo: Prime Minister, Portugal, 1979-1980, d.2004

Prime Minister, Portugal, 1979-1980, d.2004
Maria de Lourdes Ruivo da Silva de Matos Pintasilgo was the first woman to serve as Prime Minister of Portugal.

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Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: President, The Philippines, 2001-2010

President, The Philippines, 2001-2010
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is the fourteenth President of the Philippines.

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Theresa May: Prime Minister, United Kingdom, 2016-Present

Prime Minister, United Kingdom, 2016-Present
Theresa May is the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She is the second woman to hold the post of British prime minister.

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Mary McAleese: President, Ireland, 1997-2011

President, Ireland, 1997-2011
Mary Patricia McAleese is the former President of Ireland.

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Beatriz Merino: Prime Minister, Peru, 2003

Prime Minister, Peru, 2003
Beatriz Merino was the first female Prime Minister of Peru.

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Angela Merkel: Chancellor, Germany, 2005-Present

Chancellor, Germany, 2005-Present
Angela Dorothea Merkel, born in Hamburg, is the Chancellor of Germany.

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Portia Simpson-Miller: Prime Minister, Jamaica, 2006-2007 and 2012

Prime Minister, Jamaica, 2006-2007 and 2012
Portia Lucretia Simpson-Miller was the first female prime minister of Jamaica and also holds the position of president of the opposition People’s National Party.

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Laura Chinchilla Miranda: President, Costa Rica, 2010-2014

President, Costa Rica, 2010-2014
Laura Chinchilla Miranda was elected Costa Rica’s first female President in May of 2010.

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Mireya Moscoso: President, Panama, 1999-2004

President, Panama, 1999-2004
Mireya Moscoso was the President of Panama from 1999 to 2004, representing the Arnulfista Party.

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Maria Das Neves: Prime Minister, São Tomé and Príncipe, 2002-2004

Prime Minister, São Tomé and Príncipe, 2002-2004
Maria das Neves was appointed as the archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe's first woman Prime Minister.

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Roza Otunbayeva: President, Kyrgyzstan, 2010-2011

President, Kyrgyzstan, 2010-2011
Roza Otunbayeva: President, Kyrgyzstan, 2010-2011

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Geun-hye Park: President, Republic of Korea, 2013-Present

President, Republic of Korea, 2013-Present
Geun-hye Park is the 18th and first female president of the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

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Pratibha Patil: President, India, 2007-2012

President, India, 2007-2012
Elected in 2007, Pratibha Patil became the 12th President of India and first woman to hold the office.

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Kazimira Prunskienė: Prime Minister, Lithuania, 1990-1991

Prime Minister, Lithuania, 1990-1991
Kazimira Prunskienė was the first Prime Minister of Lithuania after the declaration of independence of March 11, 1990

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Iveta Radičová: Prime Minister, Slovakia, 2010-2012

Prime Minister, Slovakia, 2010-2012
Iveta Radičová is a former Prime Minister of Slovakia.

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Mary Robinson: Chair Emerita President, Ireland, 1990-1997

Chair Emerita President, Ireland, 1990-1997
Mary Robinson served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.

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Dilma Rousseff: President, Brazil, 2011 - 2016

President, Brazil, 2011- 2016
Dilma Vana Rousseff was the 36th President of Brazil.

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Susanne Camelia-Römer: Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1993, 1998-1999

Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1993, 1998-1999
Suzanne Camelia-Romer served as the Minister of Justice for the Netherlands Antilles beginning in 1992. She was elected Prime Minister in 1998 and after her year in office she served as Vice-Premier until 2002 while leading her party.

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Jenny Shipley: Prime Minister, New Zealand, 1997-1999

Prime Minister, New Zealand, 1997-1999
Jenny Shipley was the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1997 to 1999, the first female head of government, and the only woman to serve as leader of the National Party.

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Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir: Prime Minister, Iceland, 2009-2013

Prime Minister, Iceland, 2009-2013
Johanna Siguðardóttir is a former Prime Minister of Iceland.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: President, Republic of Liberia, 2006-Present

President, Republic of Liberia, 2006-Present
Johnson Sirleaf was elected President in the 2005 presidential election and took office in January 2006. She is Liberian’s first elected female president and often referred to as the "Iron Lady".

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Jennifer Smith: Premier, Bermuda, 1998-2003

Premier, Bermuda, 1998-2003
Jennifer Smith is the first elected female Premier of Bermuda, the first Bermuda Progressive Labour Party (PLP) Government Leader, the first PLP Minister of Education and the first women Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

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Erna Solberg: Prime Minister, Norway, 2013 - Present

Prime Minister, Norway, 2013 - Present
Erna Solberg is the 28th and current Prime Minister of Norway. She is the head of the Conservative Party in Norway, and holds a specific interest in immigration policy.

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Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Federal Council, 2015

President of the Swiss Federal Council, Switzerland, 2015
Simonetta Sommaruga is a current member of the Swiss Federal Council and head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police.

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Hanna Suchocka: Prime Minister, Poland, 1992-1993

Prime Minister, Poland, 1992-1993
Hanna Suchocka was the prime minister of Poland between 1992 and 1993 under the presidency of Lech Waslesa, the only woman to hold this post so far.

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Megawati Sukarnoputri: President, Indonesia, 2001-2004

President, Indonesia, 2001-2004
Megawati Sukarnoputri was the president of Indonesia from 2001 till 2004. The daughter of Indonesia’s first leader after its independence, Sukarnoputri did not join the political realm herself until 1987 when she ran to be a representative.

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt: Prime Minister of Denmark, 2011-2015

Prime Minister of Denmark, 2011-2015
Helle Thorning-Schmidt is the former Prime Minister of Denmark.

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Yulia Tymoshenko: Prime Minister, Ukraine, 2005, 2007-2010

Prime Minister, Ukraine, 2005, 2007-2010
Yulia Tymoshenko was the first female Prime Minister of Ukraine.

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Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga: President, Latvia, 1999-2007

President, Latvia, 1999-2007
Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga was born on Dec. 1, 1937 in Riga, the capital.

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Margot Wallström: Chair Ministerial Initiative, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, 2014-Present

Chair Ministerial Initiative, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, 2014-Present
Margot Wallström has had a long and illustrious career in both Swedish and European Union Politics.

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Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf: President, Switzerland, 2012

President, Switzerland, 2012
Eveline Wildmer-Schlumpf is a Swiss lawyer, politician, and former member of the Swiss Federal Council from 2008 to 2015.

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Khaleda Zia: Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1991-1996 and 2001-2006

Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1991-1996 and 2001-2006
Khaleda Zia was the Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 1991 to 1996 and then again from 2001 to 2006.

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