• Short Summary

    SELF GOVERNMENT FOR THE BAHAMAS -- THE 'MILLIONAIRES' PLAYGROUND' -- 700-ISLAND ARCHIPELAGO IN THE CARIBBEAN, THAT HAS BEEN UNDER BRITISH RULE FOR OVER 200 YEARS.

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    SELF GOVERNMENT FOR THE BAHAMAS -- THE 'MILLIONAIRES' PLAYGROUND' -- 700-ISLAND ARCHIPELAGO IN THE CARIBBEAN, THAT HAS BEEN UNDER BRITISH RULE FOR OVER 200 YEARS. THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE IN THE CAPITAL, NASSAU ON TUESDAY, (7TH JANUARY), WHEN THE GOVERNOR, SIR ROBERT STAPLEDON, FORMALLY HANDED OVER POWER TO THE COUNTRY'S FIRST PRIME MINISTER, SIR ROLAND SYMONETTE.

    THE HAND-OVER TOOK PLACE IN THE TRADITIONAL OPEN AIR CEREMONY, HELD IN CLIFFORD PARK -- A FAMILIAR LANDMARK FOR TOURISTS. APART FROM THE GOVERNOR AND NEW PRIME MINISTER, THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, AND THE BISHOP OF THE BAHAMAS WERE PRESENT. THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WAS REPRESENTED BY MR. NIGEL FISHER, PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES. AFTERWARDS A PROCESSION OF FESTIVE FLOATS WOUND ITS WAY THROUGH THE COLOURFUL STREETS OF THE CAPITAL.

    UNDER THE NEW CONSTITUTION DRAFTED IN LONDON LAST MAY, THE BAHAMAS NOW HAS A MINISTERIAL SYSTEM OF SELF-GOVERNMENT WITH A TWO CHAMBER LEGISLATURE -- THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY AND THE SENATE -- PLUS THE PREMIER AND THE CABINET. BRITAIN STILL RETAINS CONTROL OVER FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND INTERNAL SECURITY. THE NEW CONSTITUTION REPLACES A 235-YEAR-OLD, PARTLY UNWRITTEN CONSTITUTION, SAID TO BE MUCH THE SAME AS THE CONSTITUTIONS OF BRITAIN'S NORTH AMERICAN COLONIES BEFORE THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE IN 1775.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4ULIRKKINMEZI5N8CJE12RIQO
    Media URN:
    VLVA4ULIRKKINMEZI5N8CJE12RIQO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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