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Suez Canal expansion: high hopes as Egypt inaugurates improved waterway

Today, Egypt opens a major expansion of the Suez canal, a 7.9 billion euro mega project completed in just a year.The improvements to the waterway are said to allow almost double the amount of ships to cross in its waters.The plan was backed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former general who ousted the country's first freely elected president two years ago. He has declared it a cornerstone of his plan to revive the nation's economy.

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Prepared and produced by Annette Young, Cécile Khindria and Yena Lee.

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