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    INTRODUCTION: Presidents of four African nations were in Lome for the 10th anniversary celebrations of the accession of General Gnassingbe Eyadema as President of Togo.

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    INTRODUCTION: Presidents of four African nations were in Lome for the 10th anniversary celebrations of the accession of General Gnassingbe Eyadema as President of Togo.

    SYNOPSIS: A giant parade included aeronautical displays by Togolese aircraft. President eyadema watched the fly-past in his honour with other government officials.

    Some of the country's top parachutists also put on a display to mark the anniversary. Thousands of people turned out for the parade along the waterfront.

    Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko cut the ribbon opening the parade. No expense was spared for the celebrations. There was a plaque unveiled to commemorate the occasion on a statue of President Eyadema.

    The President came to power in 1967 when he lead a military coup d'etat.

    Another president who travelled to Togo for the celebrations was President Omar Bongo of Gabon. Before attending the parade the Gabonese leader paid on official three-day visit to Togo for bilateral talks. The armed forces took part in a march past. President Eyadema is a general and chief of the armed forces. There are only 1250 people in the armed forces, divided between the infantry and two para-military gendarmeries. The airforce is also small. But the president has declared his intention to expand the armed forces, especially the airforce. There is a corp of women soldiers.

    The visiting leaders were entertained by Togolese dances. Other leaders who watched the festivities were President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Ivory Coast and President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania. During the celebrations, President Eyadema made an anniversary speech. He promised salary increases and bigger family benefit payments. He also said that for the third year in a row the peasants would not have to pay taxes. Local athletes contributed to the celebrations by giving gymnastic displays.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA304ZHU5N42BH53YMGQ2SNMYJ5
    Media URN:
    VLVA304ZHU5N42BH53YMGQ2SNMYJ5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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