As part of Dahomey's Tenth Anniversary of Independence Celebrations, the three-member Presidential Council, headed by its Chairman, President Hubert Maga, on Tuesday (11 August) visited the seaport Porto Novo.
LV & SV Decorations & welcome sign
LV Motorcade arrives & President greeted (3 shots)
GTV Presidents walk through crowds.
GV & SV Presidents take salute (2shots)
GV PAN Crowd gathered
SV & GV Expedit Viho addresses crowd
LV Pres. Maga speaks
GV & Sv Pres. Ahomadegbe speaking
SV & LV Pres. Apithy speaking
SV & GV Presidents walk among dancers.
GV Motorcade arrives at Porto Novo Place (2 shots)
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Background: As part of Dahomey's Tenth Anniversary of Independence Celebrations, the three-member Presidential Council, headed by its Chairman, President Hubert Maga, on Tuesday (11 August) visited the seaport Porto Novo.
President Maga and the other two council members, Souru Migan Apithy and Justin Ahomadegbe, took their places on the official tribune before vast crowd of enthusiastic local people. Recent official visits have also been made to four other major Dahomey towns, Parakou, Natitingou, Tanguieta and Abomey.
The town's prefect M. Expedie Viho offered the members of the Presidential Council the people's greetings, thanking the new Government for avoiding two of the major errors of the past--lack of respect for the law and lack of political good-faith.
President Maga made a joking reference in his speech to the three names of Porto Novo. it is also called Hogbonou and Adjache. They all stood for the same town, he said, as Ahemadegbe, Apithy and Maga all stood for Dahomey.
President Ahomadegbe thanked the crowd for the warmth of its welcome, and the unconditional support shown for the Presidential council. He told his audience to pay no attention to malcontents and those whose only objective was to sabotage the country's new-found unity.
President Apithy in his remarks also stressed the new-found unity of Dahomey, which he said had been achieved only after ten years of struggle and political alliances.
The townspeople of Porto Novo rivalled those of Adomey in the good-humoured exuberance of their welcome. The three Presidents showed their appreciation by walking freely among the crowds.
The Presidential Council took over the leadership of the country last May from a military directorate which ousted President Zinsou December 1969.
On the first of August, Dahomey celebrated the tenth anniversary of its independence from France.