In Sierre Leone President Siaka Stevens has opened a new session of Parliament on the first anniversary of the introduction of a one-party system of government.
GV EXT Parliament building in Freetown.
MV President Siaka Stevens inspecting guard of honour.
LV INT President and entourage at opening ceremony.
MVs Members seated. (2 SHOTS)
CU President reading speech.
MV Members listening. (2 SHOTS)
CU President speaking.
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Background: In Sierre Leone President Siaka Stevens has opened a new session of Parliament on the first anniversary of the introduction of a one-party system of government. In his presidential speech, Dr. Stevens said the one-party state had the potential to 'transform' the country.
SYNOPSIS: It was the beginning of the third session of the present Parliament in Freetown, and the end of the first year of what the President described as an 'experimental' political system. He maintained that the previous form of government was 'totally alien to the people'.
At the same time that the one-party system was introduced, the 74-year-old President was sworn in for a new seven-year term of office -- rather than five.
In his speech, President Stevens stressed the commitment of Sierre Leone to the non-aligned community. But he said that any solution to the problems in Zimbabwe Rhodesia which did not include the Patriotic Front would not ensure peace and stability there. For that reason, he went, on, the recent elections in Zimbabwe Rhodesia were regarded as null and void by Sierre Leone.