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United States Senate approves sale of army plane to Egypt

WASHINGTON D.C.: The U.S. Senate has backed the $2.2 billion sale of C-130 Super Hercules aircraft to Egypt, in an 81-18 vote.

Republican Senator Rand Paul had sought to stop the sale, joined by some of the 100-member Senate’s most progressive Democrats. Opponents of the sale argued that U.S. companies should refrain from selling arms to countries with poor records on human rights.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, has overseen a crackdown on dissent that has tightened in recent years.

The sale of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules planes would include support equipment, spare parts and technical support, the Pentagon said. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the planes.

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