On Saturday (25 May), the Sudanese people celebrated the anniversary of the 1969 revolution, which brought their present leader, President Jaafar al-Nimeiry to power.
GV Nimeiry arriving in motorcade and applauded
GV & SV Standard bearers and band past (shots)
CU Nimeiry saluting
GV Armed forces march past (3 shots)
SV PAN FROM Marchers to Nimeiry saluting
GV Nimeiry saluting as other units march past (5 shots)
GV Army officers watch as tanks pass (2 shots)
GV Firl watching colours paraded (2)
GV Nimeiry waves as girls march past
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Background: On Saturday (25 May), the Sudanese people celebrated the anniversary of the 1969 revolution, which brought their present leader, President Jaafar al-Nimeiry to power.
President al-Nimeiry, then an army colonel, led a group of officers and civilians which overthrew the Mahgoub Government. All existing political institutions and organisations were abolished and the Democratic Republic of the Sudan was established. One of the first policy changes in the international arena was a more militant attitude to Israel and closer contact with Egypt and Libya.
However, relations between the Sudan and Libya have become strained in more recent times. And, in a speech to the People's Council on the eve of the anniversary, President Nimeiry made a thinly veiled attack on the neighboring country and its leader, Colonel Gaddafi. The President said it was essential to stop "adventurers who issues childish statements and announce every day and every hour, projects for imaginative unity". (colonel Gaddafi is a strong advocate of Arab unity, and his plans for it -- involving Egypt and Tunisia -- have both run into trouble.)
Anniversary Day itself was marked by a colourful parade through the capital, Kh???toum, and speeches outlining the past successes and future plans f??? the nation.