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    THE CENTRAL STADIUM IN BLANTYRE ROCKED TO THE CHEERING OF ABOUT 25,000 PEOPLE AND A 21-GUN SALUTE ON WEDNESDAY AS DR.

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    THE CENTRAL STADIUM IN BLANTYRE ROCKED TO THE CHEERING OF ABOUT 25,000 PEOPLE AND A 21-GUN SALUTE ON WEDNESDAY AS DR. KATUZU BANDA -- FORMERLY THE PRIME MINISTER -- WAS SWORN IN AS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE NEW REPUBLIC OF MALAWI. IT WAS THE CULMINATION OF CEREMONIES MARKING MALAWI'S TRANSITION TO THE NINTH REPUBLIC IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS.

    EARLIER, DR. BANDA MADE A TRIUMPHANT ENTRY TO THE STADIUM. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, MANY OF WHOM HAD BEGUN CONVERGING ON THE STADIUM THE DAY BEFORE, GAVE THEIR LEADER AN ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME, WITH CHEERS, CLAPPING, AND TRADITIONAL SALUTATIONS. THEY WAVED MALAWI FLAGS, SCARVES, HATS AND AT A SIGNAL SOUNDED BY FANFARES, HUNDREDS OF YOUTHS BEGAN A SPECTACULAR FLAG DISPLAY FOLLOWED BY GYMNASTICS AND A MASS MARCH PAST.

    DR. BANDA, WHO IS ALSO COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF MALAWI'S ARMY, PRESENTED NEW COLOURS TO THE FIRST BATTALION, MALAWI RIFLES, WHICH WAS FORMED ORIGINALLY IN 1896 AS THE BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICAN RIFLES AND HAS SERVED ALL OVER AFRICA, IN BURMA AND IN MALAYA. THE GREY-HAIRED 60-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT WAS BORN IN A PEASANT HUT AND WAS A PHYSICIAN BEFORE ENTERING POLITICS. HIS COUNTRY HAS AN AREA OF 46,000 SQUARE MILES AND A POPULATION OF 4,000,000.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3MCKT452BHUH51ZS8UJ41GB4F
    Media URN:
    VLVA3MCKT452BHUH51ZS8UJ41GB4F
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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