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.
GV PAN: aircraft fly overhead.
SCU: Eyadema among other officials watching fly-past.
GV: aircraft dropping parachutists.
GV: parachutists landing. (2 shots)
SV: Zaire's President Mobutu cutting ribbon.
GV: flags and banners
SV: plaque being unveiled, PAN TO statute of Eyadema. (2 shots)
GV PAN: Mobutu, Eyadema and Gabon president Bongo seated. (2 shots)
GV PAN: soldiers march slowly past.
GV PAN: armoured cars and artillery carriers drive past. (3 shots)
GV: women march past
GV: African leaders seated watching parade.
GVs: dancers, floats and women waving Togo flags parade past, with leaders watching. (4 shots)
GV: gymnastic display. (2 shots)
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Background: 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.