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    UPPER VOLTA'S ARMY CELEBRATED ITS EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY LAST SATURDAY (1 NOVEMBER). IN THE CAPITAL, OUAGADOUGOU,?

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    UPPER VOLTA'S ARMY CELEBRATED ITS EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY LAST SATURDAY (1 NOVEMBER). IN THE CAPITAL, OUAGADOUGOU, ARMY DAY WAS MARKED BY A REVIEW OF TROOPS AND CADETS BY THE PRESIDENT GENERAL SANGOULE LAMIZANA.

    THE COUNTRY'S MINISTER OF DEFENCE, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ARZOUMA OUEDRAOGO WAS ALSO PRESENT FOR THE REVIEW, DURING WHICH HE INSPECTED TROOPS WITH PRESIDENT LAMIZANA AND THEN PRESENTED NEW COLOURS TO CADETS OF THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY ACADEMY.

    A LARGE CONTINGENT OF UPPER VOLTA'S 1,500-STRONG ARMED FORCES PARADED IN OUAGADOUGOU, SUPPORTED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 1,800 POLICE AND SECURITY FORCES.

    THE ARMED FORCES CAME INTO BEING IN 1961, THE YEAR UPPER VOLTA FIRST GAINED FULL INDEPENDENCE FROM THE FRENCH AND BECAME A SELF-GOVERNING REPUBLIC.

    WHEN THE CONSTITUTION WAS SUSPENDED IN 1966, PRESIDENT LAMIZANA DECLARED THAT A MILITARY GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO RULE THE COUNTRY FOR FOUR YEARS TO RESTORE ITS ECONOMIC EQUILIBRIUM.

    SINCE COMING TO POWER, PRESIDENT LAMIZANA HAS SHOWN LITTLE REAL LIKING FOR OFFICIAL CEREMONIES, AND HAS TAKEN STEPS TO SIMPLIFY THEM - AN ATTITUDE CHARACTERISTIC OF A MAN WHO REFUSED TO MOVE INTO THE COUNTRY'S PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. BUT THE MILITARY LEADER WAS OBVIOUSLY THOROUGHLY AT EASE DURING THE ARMY DAY CELEBRATIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1OH4LTKT58KXS3B29BUU00IWM
    Media URN:
    VLVA1OH4LTKT58KXS3B29BUU00IWM
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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