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    THE RESIGNATION OF MR. ANTONIN NOVOTNY AS PRESIDENT OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA. THE FIRST TIME A COMMUNIST?

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    THE RESIGNATION OF MR. ANTONIN NOVOTNY AS PRESIDENT OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA. THE FIRST TIME A COMMUNIST LEADER HAS STEPPED DOWN IN THE FACE OF POPULAR AND PUBLIC CRITICISM, BECAME OFFICIAL IN PRAGUE ON FRIDAY AS HIS LETTER OF RESIGNATION WAS PRESENTED TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

    THE EXTRAORDINARY CAMPAIGN TO GET PRESIDENT NOVOTNY TO STEP DOWN BEGAN WHEN HE WAS OUSTED FROM THE COMMUNIST PARTY LEADERSHIP IN JANUARY. IT CULMINATE DIN THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING BY MR, BOHUSLKAV LASTOVICKA, CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSEMBLY. HE TOLD THE PRIME MINISTER, MR. JOSEF LENART, THAT THE PRESIDIUM OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE ASSEMBLY HAD ACCEPTED MR. NOVOTNY'S RESIGNATION.

    MR. LENART REPLIED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD, IN WHAT HE CALLED "THIS SERIOUS SITUATION, EXERCISE THE PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORITY FOR AN INTERIM PERIOD UNTIL A NEW PRESIDENT WAS ELECTED AND SWORN IN.

    IN HIS LETTER, MR. NOVOTNY SAID HE HAD DECIDED TO GO AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF THE INTERNAL SITUATION. HE STRESSED THAT THROUGHOUT HIS PERIOD IN OFFICE...ALMOST TEN YEARS...HE HAD WORKED IN THE INTERESTS OF THE WORKERS, THE COUNTRY, AND SOCIALISM. HE SIGNED HIS LETTER "WITH COMRADELY GREETINGS".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1MYCW3M5REF0JTUACT95YAFA1
    Media URN:
    VLVA1MYCW3M5REF0JTUACT95YAFA1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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