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    More than 50,000 people watched a two-hour parade in Lome on January 13, Iogo's Day of National Liberation.

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    More than 50,000 people watched a two-hour parade in Lome on January 13, Iogo's Day of National Liberation. It was on January 13, 1963 that the army intervened in the country's administration -- and on January 13, 1967 that it did so again.

    In a broadcast, President Eyadema pointed out the army had kept its promise after the first intervention of returning to barracks after a new government was formed. They intervened again when the struggle of influence was resumed. The army has since indicated its desire for all Togolese to participate in the national renovation by issuing an amnesty and inviting political exiles home.

    The President said the national budget had doubled since 1967 -- when there was a large deficit -- to balance now at 13,400 million CFA francs (22 million pounds sterling, 52 million US dollars).

    SYNOPSIS: National Liberation Day in Togo -- and the country's head of state, General Etienne Eyadema, joins 50,000 of his people to watch a parade in celebration.

    The occasion marks the two times the Army has intervened in Togolese politics -- in 1963 and 1967, both times on January 13. General Eyadema said, in an anniversary broadcast, the army had kept its promise to return to barracks after helping establish a new government in 1963. It had been forced to intervene again in 1967, because the struggle for influence has broken out again.

    But the military didn't dominate the anniversary parade. All sections of the Togolese people were represented.

    And women has their fair share of representation.

    Banners extolled President Eyadama's role as Head of State as the procession would through the streets of Lome.

    Togo's armed forces total about 2,000 men, but national recover has also involved many other uniformed workers. People such as hospital orderlies and nurses.

    The parade even included social organisations, such as the Togolese Vespa Club, riding in formation.

    And Togo's heritage wasn't forgotten -- traditional dancers brought up the rear of the parade, followed by a man on a palanquin.

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