• Short Summary

    FOR JUST OVER A MILLION VOTERS IN DAHOMEY, FORMER FRENCH TERRITORY IN WEST AFRICA, SUNDAY WAS POLLING DAY IN THE REPUBLIC'S REGIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS.

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    FOR JUST OVER A MILLION VOTERS IN DAHOMEY, FORMER FRENCH TERRITORY IN WEST AFRICA, SUNDAY WAS POLLING DAY IN THE REPUBLIC'S REGIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS. FIRST RESULTS SHOWED A LANDSLIDE VICTORY FOR CANDIDATES OF THE PRO-GOVERNMENT PDD -- THE DAHOMEY DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    SINCE ARMY CHIEF COLONEL SOGLO TOOK OVER POWER IN DAHOMEY IN OCTOBER, 1963, THERE HAVE BEEN CONSIDERABLE CHANGES IN THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION. THE COUNTRY'S REGIONAL AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION, HOWEVER, REMAINS UNCHANGED.

    UNDER A CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM HELD IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, M. SCUROU MIGAN APITHY -- FILMED CASTING HIS VOTE IN PORTO NOVO -- WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF DAHOMEY AND M. JUSTIN AHOMADEGBE BECAME VICE PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF THE GOVERNMENT. THE TWO MEN WERE SUPPORTED BY THE DDP -- THE ONLY ORGANISATION TO PRESENT A NATIONAL LIST OF CANDIDATES.

    (COLONEL SOGLO, 54-YEAR-OLD FORMER HEAD OF THE ARMED FORCES IN THE FRENCH-SPEAKING STATE WHICH BORDERS NIGERIA, ANNOUNCED ON OCTOBER 28, 1963, THAT HE HAD ASSUMED POWER IN DAHOMEY. THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWED THE RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT MAGA AND THE DISSOLUTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. THE FORMER PRESIDENT MAGA LATER TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT DAHOMEY WAS UNITED BEHIND THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHED BY COLONEL SOGLO. DAHOMEY BECAME INDEPENDENT FROM FRANCE IN 1960).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4O6TCMHCTZCC297Y0L3UIXC0I
    Media URN:
    VLVA4O6TCMHCTZCC297Y0L3UIXC0I
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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