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    Algerian President Houari Boumedienne, who seized power in a bloodless coup d'etat on 19 June 1965, has announced that Presidential and National Assembly elections will be held in Algeria.

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    Algerian President Houari Boumedienne, who seized power in a bloodless coup d'etat on 19 June 1965, has announced that Presidential and National Assembly elections will be held in Algeria.

    He said the Presidential election would be held "soon" and that the National Assembly would be elected within 12 months.

    President Boumedienne -- in a speech marking the 10th anniversary of the coup in Algiers - also said there would be a referendum on a new constitutional charter for the nation. He said work would begin immediately to prepare for a National Congress of the country's only political party, the National Liberation Front.

    Algeria has had no Presidential elections since 1963 -- when the President's predecessor Ahmed Ben Bella was elected -- and there has been no National Assembly election or National Party Congress since 1964.

    Since supporters of the then army chief, Clone Boumedienne, placed Ben Bella under house arrest on 19 June 1965, only local elections have been held in this socialist North African state of more than 15 million people.

    President Boumedienne also told his audience of Thursday (19 June) that he saw Algeria's coming decade as "that of the deepening of the Revolution and the consolidation of its economic, social and cultural gains".

    SYNOPSIS: Algiers -- capital of Algeria -- on Thursday, when guests gathered at the Palais des Nations to celebrate ten years of rule by President Houari Bowmedienne.

    It was exactly ten years ago that supporters of colonel Boumedienne -- as he was then known -- placed his predecessor Ahmed Ben Bella under house arrest and called for Boumedienne to take the helm.

    President Boumedienne chose this occasion to announce that elections would be held in the North African state ....the first for at least eleven years. The last National Assembly elections were in nineteen-sixty-four -- and there've been no President elections since nineteen-sixty-three. He also said there'd be a referendum on a new constitutional character. He said work would begin immediately to prepare for a National Congress.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4TRP2KK1ZNTZCHK1JWMS21WNN
    Media URN:
    VLVA4TRP2KK1ZNTZCHK1JWMS21WNN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
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