• Short Summary

    THE SIX-WEEK CONGO GENERAL ELECTION SHIFTS TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO THE CAPITAL, LEOPOLDVILLE, THROWING THE SPOTLIGHT ON M.

  • Description

    THE SIX-WEEK CONGO GENERAL ELECTION SHIFTS TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO THE CAPITAL, LEOPOLDVILLE, THROWING THE SPOTLIGHT ON M.JOSEPH KASAVUBU, THE CONGO'S FIRST PRESIDENT.ALL THROUGH THE WEEK POLITICAL MEETINGS WERE BEING HELD AND ON THURSDAY THE GENERAL CONGOLESE WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION STAGED A MARCH TO DEMAND NEW AND EFFICIENT LEADERS FOR THE COUNTRY.

    DURING ALMOST FIVE YEARS OF RULE PRESIDENT KASAVUBU HAS SURVIVED A CHALLENGE FOR POWER FROM THE LATE FORMER PRIME MINISTER PATRICE LUMUMBA, SECESSIONS IN KATANGA AND SOUTH KASAI (PROVINCES) AND THE LINGERING INSURGENT MOVEMENT IN THE CONGO'S NORTHEAST.

    THE ELECTION, WHICH BEGAN IN KATANGA ON MARCH 18 WITH VOTING TAKING PLACE ON A STAGGERED ROTATION BASIS UNTIL APRIL 30, WILL DECIDE THE 166 SEATS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (LOWER HOUSE) AND THE LEGISLATURES OF THE 21 PROVINCES.(THESE THEN SELECT MEMBERS FOR THE NATIONAL SENATE - UPPER HOUSE.) THE FIRST RESULT WAS DECLARED YESTERDAY IN ELIZABETHVILLE, WHERE THE CONAKAT PARTY OF THE CONGOLESE PRIME MINISTER, M.MOISE TSHOMBE, WON SIX OF THE CITY'S EIGHT SEATS IN THE EAST KATANGA PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY.

    PRESIDENT KASAVUBU, WHO IS 47, HAS PLACED HIS NAME AT THE HEAD OF HIS BAKONGO TRIBE'S ABAKO PARTY LIST IN LEOPOLDVILLE IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTION.AS PRESIDENT HE IS INELIGIBLE FOR ELECTION HOWEVER.ABAKO IS CONSIDERED CERTAIN TO WIN CONTROL OF THE AREA.

    THE LUMUMBA MOVEMENT HAS NO ONE LEADER AND IS NOT EXPECTED TO GAIN MANY SEATS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.HOWEVER, A STATEMENT CONFIRMED BY THE LEADER OF THE MNC, MR.ANTOINE KIWEWA, SAYS THAT M.GIZENGA, THE LEADER OF THE UNITED LUMUMBA PARTY, AT PRESENT UNDER HOUSE-ARREST, WILL BE A CANDIDATE IN THE GENERAL ELECTIONS.

    THE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES IS ESTIMATED AT 305 - BUT THERE ARE ONLY 13 SEATS TO BE FILLED, AND THE BAKONGO ARE THE STRONGEST ETHNIC GROUP IN LEOPOLDVILLE.ONLY MEN ARE PERMITTED TO VOTE.MANY OF THE PARTIES ARE TRIBALLY OR REGIONALLY BASE AND AS A CONSEQUENCE THERE HAVE BEEN NO NATIONAL ISSUES IN THE CAMPAIGN.

    THE GENERAL CONGOLESE WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION ASKED CONGOLESE WOMEN TO DEMONSTRATE ON THURSDAY IN LEOPOLDVILLE; PLACARDS THEY CARRIED AHEAD: "CONGOLESE WOMEN LIKE PEACE AND CONCORD BETWEEN ALL TRIBES".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4TH2IKOG88K2AFEL44OQZ583W
    Media URN:
    VLVA4TH2IKOG88K2AFEL44OQZ583W
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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