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    M. HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY, PRESIDENT OF THE IVORY COAST, TOLD A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY?

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    M. HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY, PRESIDENT OF THE IVORY COAST, TOLD A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN ABIDJAN LAST WEEK, (APRIL 13), OF AN ALLEGED PLOT AGAINST HIS LIFE INVOLVING THE USE OF WITCHCRAFT.

    DETAILS OF THE PLOT WERE REVEALED, ACCORDING TO THE PRESIDENT, WHEN THE ONE-TIME PRESIDENT OF THE IVORY COAST SUPREME COURT, ERNEST BOKA, COMMITTED SUICIDE ON APRIL 6. BEFORE HANGING HIMSELF, BOKA ALLEGEDLY WROTE A CONFESSION ADMITTING TO HIS PART IN THE SCHEME WHICH INVOLVED THE USE OF POISON AND WITCHCRAFT.

    M. HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY TOLD THE PACKED CHAMBER THAT BOKA HAD BEEN LED TO PLAN THE VIOLENT OVERTHROW OF THE PRESIDENCY BY THE PREDICTIONS OF TWO WITCH-DOCTORS AND SOOTHSAYERS WHO HAD FORECAST A BRILLIANT FUTURE FOR THE JURIST. HE ADDED THAT A COOK AT THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE WAS TO HAVE POISONED HIM, BUT WAS TO HAVE BEEN LED TO BELIEVED THAT THE POISON WAS MEDICINE.

    THE PRESIDENT SHOWED THE AUDIENCE A SUITCASE BROUGHT TO THEIR MEETING BY BOKA'S WIDOW. IT WAS FILLED WITH FETISHES AND MINIATURE COFFIN - SYMBOLICALLY FOR THE PRESIDENT.

    IN HIS CONFESSION, THE LATE ERNEST BOKA ASKED PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY TO ADOPT HIS TWO YOUNGER CHILDREN AND GIVE THEM A NAME OTHER THAN THAT DISHONOURED BY HIM.

    A YEAR AGO, 13 YOUNG PEOPLE WERE CONDEMNED TO DEATH FOR ALLEGEDLY PLOTTING TO ASSASSINATE M. HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY. A CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE IN IVORY COAST POLITICS, HE HAS BEEN PRESIDENT OF THE FORMER FRENCH WEST AFRICAN TERRITORY SINCE INDEPENDENCE IN 1960.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1G15O99JGM9915TFI7TLJ8QMC
    Media URN:
    VLVA1G15O99JGM9915TFI7TLJ8QMC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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