• Short Summary

    VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS IN DAHOMEY'S FOURTH REGIONAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ON SUNDAY (MARCH 21) WITH THE COUNTRY STILL CONTEMPLATING THE VIOLENCE AND CLAIMS OF ELECTORAL FRAUD WHICH MARKED THE EARLIER ELECTIONS.

  • Description

    VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS IN DAHOMEY'S FOURTH REGIONAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ON SUNDAY (MARCH 21) WITH THE COUNTRY STILL CONTEMPLATING THE VIOLENCE AND CLAIMS OF ELECTORAL FRAUD WHICH MARKED THE EARLIER ELECTIONS.

    THE VOTERS ARE IN THE UNUSUAL POSITION OF HAVING THREE FORMER PRESIDENTS AND ONE FORMER PRIME MINISTER AS THE CANDIDATES. BEFORE THE BALLOTING IN ABOMEY, FORMER PRESIDENT SOURU-MIGAN APITHY LED BY ABOUT 75,000 VOTES OVER FORMER PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN AHOMADEGBE. TWO OTHER EX-PRESIDENTS, MR. HUBERT MAGA AND DR. EMILE ZINSOU WERE WELL BEHIND.

    MR. AHOMADEGBE JUMPED TO THE LEAD IN ABOMEY CONSIDERED ONE OF HIS STRONGHOLDS AND HE NOW LEADS MR. APITHY BY ABOUT 9,000 VOTES.

    THE ELECTIONS FOLLOW AN ARMY COUP WHICH DEPOSED DR. ZINSOU FROM THE PRESIDENCY LAST DECEMBER.

    THE VOTING IN FOUR REGIONS SO FAR HAS BEEN FAR FROM PEACEFUL. A YOUNG MAN DIED OF KNIFE WOUNDS RECEIVED IN A FIGHT DURING THE ELECTIONS AND EARLIER SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN CLASHES BETWEEN SUPPORTERS OF MR. AHOMADEGBE AND MR. APITHY.

    MR. MAGA HAS CHARGED THAT THE VOTING SYSTEM EMPHASISES REGIONAL DIFFERENCES AND HAS MADE CHARGES OF ELECTORAL FRAUD AGAINST THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY RULERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1G6DTKW3RM2FFBUYLR7E4YIUA
    Media URN:
    VLVA1G6DTKW3RM2FFBUYLR7E4YIUA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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