• Short Summary

    OBSERVERS FROM 23 COUNTRIES ATTENDED THE OFFICIAL OPENING BY PRESIDENT KAUNDA ON TUESDAY OF ZAMBIA'S NEW PARLIAMENT BUILDING, THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

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    OBSERVERS FROM 23 COUNTRIES ATTENDED THE OFFICIAL OPENING BY PRESIDENT KAUNDA ON TUESDAY OF ZAMBIA'S NEW PARLIAMENT BUILDING, THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. PRESIDENT KAUNDA EXPRESSED HIS DELIGHT IN THE NEW BUILDING, BUT HE ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO STATE HIS VIEWS ON THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE STATUS OF THE OPPOSITION IN GOVERNMENT.

    WORK BEGAN ON THE NEW ASSEMBLY IN OCTOBER 1964. HER LATE ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE PRINCESS ROYAL AND PRESIDENT KAUNDA LAID THE FOUNDATION STONED FOR THE PROJECT. IT DOMINATES THE ONLY HILL IN THE OTHERWISE FLAT CITY PLAIN. ROUGH CONCRETE PIERS SUPPORT THE RATHER AUSTERE RECTANGLES OF THE MAIN FLOOR, FROM WHICH RISE THE COPPER-CLAD WALLS OF THE MAIN CHAMBER. LOCAL ZAMBIAN ART-WORK WILL LATER DECORATE THE SIMPLE FACADE.

    OBSERVERS FROM ALL THE MAJOR COUNTRIES WERE PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY, THE LARGEST DELEGATION COMING FROM RUSSIA, WITH 11 REPRESENTATIVES. SPEAKING TO THEM OF ZAMBIA'S ACHIEVEMENT IN COMPLETING THE BUILDING IN THE FACE OF DIFFICULTIES, PRESIDENT KAUNDA DIGRESSED UPON THE SUBJECT OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, OFFERING THE REPUBLIC'S SUPPORT FOR THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANISATION AND THE ORGANISATION FOR AFRICAN UNITY.

    THE PRESIDENT ALSO NOTED THAT ZAMBIA COULD BECOME A ONE-PARTY STATE IF THE PEOPLE SO WISHED. HE TOLD THE CROWD: "WE BELIEVE IN PARLIAMENTARY OPPOSITION, PROVIDED THE OPPOSITION IS RESPONSIBLE AND IS CAPABLE OF OFFERING WHAT IS NORMALLY CALLED CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM." AT PRESENT DR. KAUNDA'S RULING UNITED INDEPENDENCE PARTY CONTROLS 62 OF THE 79 SEATS IN PARLIAMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3E2AIOQEW8H1E185KI9H4F0IZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3E2AIOQEW8H1E185KI9H4F0IZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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