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    MR. SIAKA STEVENS, 62-YEAR-OLD ONE-TIME OPPOSITION LEADER, WAS SWORE IN TODAY (FRIDAY) AS NEW PRIME?

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    ARMY OFFICERS AND OFFICIALS ARRIVING FOR MEETING; VARIOUS SHOTS OF MEETING.




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    Background: MR. SIAKA STEVENS, 62-YEAR-OLD ONE-TIME OPPOSITION LEADER, WAS SWORE IN TODAY (FRIDAY) AS NEW PRIME MINISTER OF SIERRA LEONE. THE CEREMONY FOLLOWED FOUR HOURS OF HARD BARGAINING BETWEEN MR. STEVEN'S SUPPORTERS AND MEMBERS OF THE SIERRA LEONE PEOPLE'S PARTY (SLPP) AT A MEETING IN FREETOWN.

    BOTH MR. STEVENS AND SIR ALBERT MARGAI, THE COUNTRY'S TWO RIVAL EX-PREMIERS, FLEW HOME FROM SELF-EXILE TO BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING WHICH WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY SOME 70 SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES AT LAST YEAR'S GENERAL ELECTIONS.

    SIR ALBERT AND MR. STEVENS WERE ALLOWED TO LEAVE SIERRA LEONE AT THEIR OWN REQUEST LAST YEAR AFTER SENIOR ARMY AND POLICE OFFICERS SEIZES POWER IN THE AFTERMATH OF A CLOSE AND CONTROVERSIAL GENERAL ELECTION.

    BUT LAST WEEK JUNIOR OFFICERS STAGED A SECOND COUP AND ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD RETURN THE NATION TO CIVILIAN RULE.

    MR. STEVENS, AN EXPERIENCED TRADE UNION LEADER AND POLITICIAN, WAS SWORN IN BY CHIEF JUSTICE AND ACTING GOVERNOR-GENERAL BANJA TEJAN-SIE WHO PRAISED THE NATIONAL INTERIM COUNCIL THE MILITARY AND POLICE WHO TOOK OVER LAST WEEK - SAYING: "THEY HAVE ACHIEVED IN NINE DAYS WHAT OTHERS HAVE FAILED TO DO IN 13 MONTHS".

    OFFICIALS IN FREETOWN SAID TONIGHT THAT AS PRIME MINISTER MR. STEVENS WILL NOW FACE MANY PROBLEMS, CHIEF AMONG THEM BEING THE STATE OF THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1H7EVWMC9BJZMHKTRULPQXSF8
    Media URN:
    VLVA1H7EVWMC9BJZMHKTRULPQXSF8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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