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Nissan restarts production in Egypt

AP, Monday 14 Feb 2011
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Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. has restarted its plant in Egypt, shut down for two weeks because of massive protests, a company spokesman said Monday.

The small plant near Giza began running again Sunday after closing Jan. 30, "The plant was closed out of concern for the safety of our workers," said Mitsuru Yonekawa, the spokesman. "We have not received any reports of damages." The plant, which produces 10,000 vehicles a year, makes the X-Trail sport-utility vehicle, Sunny sedan and pickup trucks, according to Yokohama-based Nissan.

Pro-democracy protesters took to the streets in Cairo and forced the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak after an 18-day uprising. The military is backing a caretaker government and promising elections.

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