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    M. MOISE TSHOMBE, THE NEW PRIME MINISTER OF THE CONGO, TODAY (SATURDAY) DECLARED THAT HE?

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    M. MOISE TSHOMBE, THE NEW PRIME MINISTER OF THE CONGO, TODAY (SATURDAY) DECLARED THAT HE WOULD ACCOMPANY PRESIDENT KASAVUBU TO THE AFRICAN HEADS-OF-STATE MEETING OPENING IN CAIRO ON FRIDAY (JULY 17).

    THE ANNOUNCEMENT, REGARDED IN DIPLOMATIC CIRCLES AS SURPRISING, CAME JUST 24 HOURS AFTER M. TSHOMBE PRESENTED HIS 11 MAN CABINET TO THE PRESIDENT. THE ATTITUDE OF MEMBERS OF THE AFRO-ASIAN BLOC TO THE APPOINTMENT OF M. TSHOMBE AS THE CONGOLESE PREMIER HAS BEEN TERMED "RATHER CRITICAL".

    MANY AFRICAN AND ARAB STATES CONDEMNED M. TSHOMBE FOR HIS SUCCESSIONIST ATTEMPT IN KATANGA IN 1963, AND OBSERVERS SAY THAT HIS VISIT TO CAIRO MAY BE A BID BY THE PRIME MINISTER TO WIN BACK FAVOUR AMONG AFRO-ASIAN HEADS OF STATE.

    WHEN HE PRESENTED HIS CABINET, HE ANNOUNCED THAT ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS WOULD BE FREED. HE TOLD NEWSMEN TODAY THAT AS FAR AS HE KNEW ALL THOSE UNDER DETENTION HAD BEEN RELEASED. HOWEVER, THE NAME OF M. ANTOINE GIZENGA, THE FORMER LEFT-WING VICE-PREMIER, HAS NOT APPEARED AMONG THE LIST OF 150 PEOPLE FREED AND PRINTED IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS.

    AT THE SAME TIME, M. TSHOMBE SAID THAT THE FORMER KATANGA GENDARMERIE, NOW IN ANGOLA, WOULD RETURN TO THE CONGO AND BE INCORPORATED INTO THE CONGOLESE NATIONAL ARMY. THE 2 THOUSAND STRONG GENDARMERIE HAS BEEN TRAINING IN ANGOLA, AND 13 WHITE MERCENARIES SERVING WITH THE FORCE WOULD ALSO RETURN AS "TECHNICIANS".

    IN THE NEW CABINET, M. TSHOMBE HOLDS THREE OTHER PORTFOLIOS BESIDES THAT OF PRIME MINISTER. THE OTHER 11 MINISTERS REPRESENT A WIDE DIFFUSION OF PARTY INTERESTS AND THE GROUP IS EXPECTED TO GOVERN FOR ABOUT SIX TO NINE MONTHS PENDING GENERAL ELECTIONS.

    THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD UNDER A NEW CONSTITUTION WHICH IS NOW BEING VOTED ON IN A REFERENDUM.

    THE NEW CABINET, WHICH INCLUDES FORMER SOUTH KASAI SECESSIONIST LEADER ALBERT KALONJI AND FORMER KATANGESE INTERIOR MINISTER, GODEFROID MUNONGO, IS MUCH SMALLER THAN THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WHICH INCLUDED 27 MINISTERS AND SIX SECRETARIES OF STATE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2DKPVNFNVU2RPB70Z0RFBBWNF
    Media URN:
    VLVA2DKPVNFNVU2RPB70Z0RFBBWNF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
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    N/A

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