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Egyptian president awards medal to ex-defense minister

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 00:48

Aug. 14 - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi awards Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi with a medal after he forced him into retirement. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Tuesday awarded medals to Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and another senior general who he pushed into retirement this week, a move that stamped his authority over the once ruling military. Tantawi, who served as Hosni Mubarak's defense minister for 20 years and then took charge of Egypt after the former president was toppled last year, was shown on state television saluting Mursi and smiling. Mursi then shook his hand warmly. The decision to send them into retirement sparked some speculation about a showdown with the generals and one report, that was denied, that they were under house arrest.

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Egyptian president awards medal to ex-defense minister

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 00:48