General Sangoule Lamizana, President of Upper Volta, attended on Wednesday (5 August) celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of his country's independence.
General Sangoule Lamizana, President of Upper Volta, attended on Wednesday (5 August) celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of his country's independence. The President had made a nation-wide radio and television broadcast the previous evening.
A simple yet dignified ceremony in Ouagadougou's Independence Square marked the tenth anniversary. First the Head of State inspected a guard of honour, and then joined senior government officials for a military review.
Ministers in the General's government presented medals to some fifty people. both Upper Volta nationals and foreigners, for services to the country.
Later in the day, the President and his wife gave a reception in the grounds of the presidential palace.
The people of Upper Volta can look forward to major changes in the year that lies ahead. In a referendum in June they voted in support of a draft constitution providing for elections within six months, and paving the way for a return to civilian rule. General Lamizana's military regime has governed the country since January 1966.