• Short Summary

    IN Rhodesia, voting is underway to elect a new multi-racial government which the country's leaders hope will lead to international recognition, Rhodesia's military forces have been put on a war footing in an effort to prevent disruption of the elections by Patriotic Front guerrillas, who operate from across the country's borders.

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    IN Rhodesia, voting is underway to elect a new multi-racial government which the country's leaders hope will lead to international recognition, Rhodesia's military forces have been put on a war footing in an effort to prevent disruption of the elections by Patriotic Front guerrillas, who operate from across the country's borders.

    SYNOPSIS: About seventy-thousand Rhodesians have been called up in a massive anti-guerrilla offensive. Many are protecting the two thousand polling stations, while warplanes pound guerrilla camps in neighbouring Zambia.

    Premier Ian Smith now claims that many of the guerrillas are now led by senior officers from the Soviet Union.

    Mr. Smith's Rhodesian Front Party has won all the white seats contested so far. The Front has been returned unopposed in sixteen other white seats. They occupy all the five guaranteed white places in the coalition Cabinet and are virtually assured of monopolising the white opposition benches in the new majority rule government -- giving them a big say in the running of the new Zimbabwe-Rhodesia. Next Tuesday (17 April), Rhodesia's 2.8 million black voters will elect their 72 representatives.

    Bishop Abel Muzorewa's United African National Council is expected to take the majority of Black seats with the Rhodesian Front as the second largest party. Whatever the result, Rhodesian leaders will be looking for a high turn-out of voters to frustrate the guerrillas, and also to show the world that they have the country's black majority behind them.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA224Z1YQF12JDR1Z8DAQUTY7HL
    Media URN:
    VLVA224Z1YQF12JDR1Z8DAQUTY7HL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/04/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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