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GM all but certain to follow Chrysler into bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors appears headed for bankruptcy,
while Chrysler is already there and hoping to emerge quickly.
Debtholders for both automakers are voicing their displeasure.
GM owes investors billions of dollars, but those investors have
rejected the company's proposal to swap that debt for a 10 percent
ownership stake.
A person familiar with discussions between GM and the government
tells The Associated Press that any Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing
would likely come Monday. That's the deadline for GM to finish its
restructuring or enter court protection.
Meanwhile, the German government is pressing for GM's
Europe-based unit, Opel, to have an independent future. The foreign
minister says "the lights must not go out" on Opel, even if GM
goes into bankruptcy.
In New York, Chrysler will continue making a case to a
bankruptcy judge that a deal with Italian automaker Fiat is the
best way to save itself from liquidation. The judge will also hear
from dissenters.

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