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Essam el-Erian, vice chairman of the Freedom and Justice party, speaks during a session at the Shura Council building in Cairo on Dec. 26, 2012. The official approval of Egypt's disputed, Islamist-backed constitution the previous day held out little hope of stabilizing the country after two years of turmoil, and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi now may face a more immediate crisis with the economy falling deeper into distress. (Associated Press)

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