A military display is the Sudanese capital of Khartoum marked the presentation of the country's highest military award to the Vice-President and Minister of Defence, General Abdul Magid Hamed Khalid.
SV Sudan's President Jaafar Nimeiri (Nearest camera) walks down steps into stadium wit h Vice-President and Minister of Defence and Army Commander General Abdul Magid Hamed Khalid.
CU Sudanese Chief of Protocol reading Presidential declaration in Sudanese.
CU PAN General Magid and President Nimeiri listening.
SV Colour Party at attention.
SV President Nimeiri presents General Magid with sash, medal and scroll.
SV Spectators watching
CU AND LV General Magid speaking from platform. (2 shots)
CU Nimeiri nods as guests applaud.
LV AND LV PAN Helicopter flying over firing cannons, and smoke as paratroopers run from a grounded helicopter and advance up stadium in simulated attack (4 shots)
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Background: A military display is the Sudanese capital of Khartoum marked the presentation of the country's highest military award to the Vice-President and Minister of Defence, General Abdul Magid Hamed Khalid. The President of Sudan, Jaafar Nimeiri made the presentation.
SYNOPSIS: President Jaafar Nimeiri appointed his Minister of Defence General Abdul Magid Hamed Khalid to the post of First Vice-President replacing Major Abdul Gasim Mohammad Ibrahim, in August.
The Sudanese Chief of Protocol announced that General Magid had earned the country's highest military honour at Tuesday's (27 November) presentation ceremony. General Magid commands the country's fifty-thousand-strong military force.
General Magid has been called a tough, dynamic soldier and was given his new role in the government after widespread internal problems in Sudan. His appointment was seen as an attempt by President Nimeiri to take a tough line with factions opposed to his government. After General Magid's appointment the army consolidated its support of Nimeiri's administration. President Nimeiri has blamed Communists for disturbances involving thousand of students and workers around the time of General Magid's appointment.
General Magid was due to fly to China on Wednesday (28 November) at the head of an official delegation. A Chinese military observer was a special guest at June's graduation ceremony at Sudan's main military college. And President Nimeiri, himself made several anti-Soviet speeches earlier in the year.
Tuesday's (27 November) presentation ceremony was followed by a simulated military operation. The Soviet Union was for a long time Sudan's main arms supplier. But following deterioration in relations, Sudan has been looking elsewhere. In May the United States offered military aid worth twenty-five million dollars. And Sudan is also looking to France as a possible source of military supplies.