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Clinton, Tantawi Meet to Discuss Egypt Political Transition

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of Egypt’s military council, to urge a smooth transition to full democratic rule, a day after crowds protested her meeting with President Mohamed Mursi and the rising power of Islamists.

Tensions between Egypt’s new civilian leader and its senior generals, who took interim power after the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak last year, have risen since Tantawi’s council stripped Mursi of some of his powers and granted itself legislative authority after the court-ordered disbanding of the parliament. Egypt still has no constitution, a new government has yet to be named and the economy is struggling to recover from the uprising against Mubarak.