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    DR. BASILE ADJOU MOUMOUNI TOPPED THE POLL IN SUNDAY'S (5 MAY) PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION HELD TO?

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    DR. BASILE ADJOU MOUMOUNI TOPPED THE POLL IN SUNDAY'S (5 MAY) PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION HELD TO RESTORE CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT IN DAHOMEY AFTER TWO AND A HALF YEARS OF MILITARY RULE. BUT BECAUSE OF A LOW TURN OUR AMONG THE VOTERS NONE OF THE FIVE CANDIDATES APPROVED BY THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT WAS ABLE TO OBTAIN THE NECESSARY REPRESENTATIVE NUMBER OF VOTES IN THE FIRST BALLOT.

    ONE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM WOULD BE A SECOND BALLOT ON MAY 12 AND THE GOVERNMENT, LED BY COLONEL ALPHONSE ALLEY, IS EXPECTED TO MEET SOON TO DECIDE THE NEXT MOVE.

    DR. ADJOU RECEIVED 241,274 VOTES, ACCORDING TO FINAL FIGURES. NEXT CAME MR. URBAIN KARIN DA SILVA, THE OWNER OF A PRINTING WORKS, WITH 19,087 VOTES, FOLLOWED BY MR. EUSTACHE PRUDENCIO, MR. PAUL HAZOUME, AND MR. JEAN-BAPTISTE VIEIRIN GAMADUALO, IN THAT BORDER.

    MORE THAN 1,210,000 DAHOMEYANS WERE ENTITLED TO VOTE BUT IN THE CAPITAL PORTO NOVO ONLY 4,147 PEOPLE VOTED OUT OF 32,347 REGISTERED ELECTORS AND IN COTONOU 26,668 PEOPLE OUT OF A POSSIBLE 82,967 CAST THEIR VOTES.

    THE ELECTIONS WERE HELD UNDER A NEW CONSTITUTION APPROVED BY THE VOTERS ON MARCH 31, WHICH CALLS FOR DAHOMEY TO BE A ONE-PARTY STATE FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

    TWO FORMER PRESIDENTS CALLED ON THE VOTERS TO BOYCOTT THE ELECTION AFTER BEING REJECTED AS CANDIDATES BY THE GOVERNMENT AND OBTAINING A SUPREME COURT RULING THAT THE REJECTION WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2LX0EHQWXMN8P2VED66UGJMEF
    Media URN:
    VLVA2LX0EHQWXMN8P2VED66UGJMEF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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