INTRODUCTION: At the opening of the Zimbabwe parliamentary session in Salisbury on Tuesday (23 June) the nation's President Canaan Banana announced plans to extend state control over the economy by acquiring shareholdings in the country's major enterprises.
GV EXTERIOR Parliament building.
SCU Former Premier Ian Smith in crowd outside building.
SV Prime Minister Mugabe arriving.
GV President Banana arriving with mounted escort.
GV & SCU Guard of Honour at attention as music plays and guns fire and Banana takes salute.
SV INTERIOR Members of parliament entering parliament chambers.
GV & SV INTERIOR OF Parliament with President Banana making speech. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN White members of parliament seated opposite Mugabe and Nkomo. (3 SHOTS)
SCU Bishop Abel Muzorowa.
GV Parliament in session.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: At the opening of the Zimbabwe parliamentary session in Salisbury on Tuesday (23 June) the nation's President Canaan Banana announced plans to extend state control over the economy by acquiring shareholdings in the country's major enterprises. The government is also to ask parliament to extend the state of emergency, first imposed by Zimbabwe's white rulers in 1965.
SYNOPSIS: Zimbabwe's parliamentary session opened on Tuesday (23 June) and among early arrivals was former Prime Minister Ian Smith and the present Prime Minister Robert Mugabe.
The session was opened by President Canaan Banana, who arrived at the Parliament building amid all the ceremony due to the head of state.
Zimbabwe's MPs then heard an address from President Banana, in which he outlined government policies. They included tighter state control of the economy and an extension of the state of emergency. A further six months extension was necessary because of the continuing high crime rate, the government said. New economic moves would include the setting up of new marketing authorities to regulate the export of Zimbabwe's nickel, chrome, asbestos, gold and other mineral assets. President Banana told parliament that the government was concerned at the high degree of foreign ownership in the nation's industry. Much of Zimbabwe's industry is run by British, Americans and South African companies.
On foreign policy, parliament was told Zimbabwe would remain firmly non-aligned.