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Islamic cleric says he will not resign

DEFIANT Al-Hilali apologized for comparing women who don't wear scarves to `uncovered meat,' but said he wouldn't quit as long as US influence continues

AP , CANBERRA

"It would seem to us that the comments ... have really caused a lot of pain to a lot of people, and in those circumstances we would have thought resignation was the appropriate course of action," Aly told ABC radio. "We would have liked to have seen some form of fairly strong censure just given the magnitude and the gravity of the comments."

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