• Short Summary

    CANDIDATES FOR THIS MONTHS BELGIAN GENERAL ELECTIONS ARE SO NUMEROUS THAT A LOTTERY SYSTEM IS BEING USED TO DECIDE THEIR NUMBERED POSITIONS ON THE BALLOT PAPERS.

  • Description

    1.
    CU CUP
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    2.
    MV MINISTER FOR THE INTERIOR NAMES IN CUP
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    3.
    MV DELEGATES WATCHING
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    4.
    MLV NAMES PLACED IN CUP
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    5.
    CU DELEGATES
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    6.
    MLV DELEGATES MIXING NAMES
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    7.
    MV MINISTER TAKES NAMES OUT OF CUP
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    8.
    CU CLERK
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    9.
    CU MINISTER TAKING NAMES OUT
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    10.
    MV TWO DELEGATES
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    11.
    CU CLERK PAN UP TO MINISTER DRAWING NAMES.
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: CANDIDATES FOR THIS MONTHS BELGIAN GENERAL ELECTIONS ARE SO NUMEROUS THAT A LOTTERY SYSTEM IS BEING USED TO DECIDE THEIR NUMBERED POSITIONS ON THE BALLOT PAPERS. THE ELECTION BECAME NECESSARY AFTER KING BAUDOUIN FAILED TO FIND A SUCCESSOR TO PRIME MINSTER PAUL VANDEN BOEYANTS' COALITION GOVERNMENT WHICH COLLAPSED ALMOST EXACTLY A MONTH AGO OVER THE LANGUAGE ISSUE.

    THE GENERAL ELECTION IS DUE TO TAKE PLACE ON THE 31ST. OF THIS MONTH THE LANGUAGE PROBLEM, ARISING FROM RIVALRY BETWEEN THE FRENCH-SPEAKING WALLOONS AND THE DUTCH-SPEAKING FLEMINGS, HAD BEEN THE "GRAVEYARD" OF MANY PREVIOUS BELGIAN GOVERNMENTS.

    MANY SEE A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM IN A FEDERAL SYSTEM FOR BELGIUM, WITH THE 5,000,000 FLEMINGS AND 3,000,000 WALLOONS GOVERNING THEIR OWN STATES UNDER A CENTRAL GOVERNMENT. HOWEVER, THEY FACE STRONG OPPOSITION FROM THE CONSERVATIVE LIBERAL PARTY, WHICH IS CAMPAIGNING ON A UNITED BELGIUM PLATFORM WITH A JOINT LIST OF FRENCH AND DUTCH SPEAKING CANDIDATES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA562RKUAUF6Y84HE7ABE00YG8H
    Media URN:
    VLVA562RKUAUF6Y84HE7ABE00YG8H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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