• Short Summary

    CONGOLESE MEN AND WOMEN VOTE ON SUNDAY (JUNE 4) FOR A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR CONGO-KINSHASA INTENDED TO REVOLUTIONISE THEIR POLITICAL LIFE WITH A TWO-PARTY SYSTEM AND A NONE-HOUSE PARLIAMENT VOTING WILL CONTINUE FOR 12 DAYS.

  • Description

    CONGOLESE MEN AND WOMEN VOTE ON SUNDAY (JUNE 4) FOR A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR CONGO-KINSHASA INTENDED TO REVOLUTIONISE THEIR POLITICAL LIFE WITH A TWO-PARTY SYSTEM AND A NONE-HOUSE PARLIAMENT VOTING WILL CONTINUE FOR 12 DAYS.

    THE PRE-REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN CALM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU'S POPULAR MOVEMENT OF THE REVOLUTION PARTY HAS THE FIELD TO ITSELF, AS THE OPPOSITION PARTY ALLOWED UNDER THE NEW CONSTITUTION HAS NOT BEEN ANNOUNCED YET.

    UNDER THE NEW CONSTITUTION, THE FEDERAL STRUCTURE OF CONGO-KINSHASA WILL GIVE WAY TO A UNITARY STATE WITH REINFORCEMENT OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S POWER. IT PROVIDES FOR A PRESIDENTIAL REGIME AND A ONE-HOUSE LEGISLATURE INSTEAD OF TWO AS AT PRESENT.

    IT ALSO LIMITS POLITICAL PARTIES TO TWO AND GIVES THE VOTE TO WOMEN, WHO ARE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE REFERENDUM ON SUNDAY UNDER A SPECIAL DECREE. THIS IS THE SECOND REFERENDUM. THE FIRST IN 1964 APPROVED THE PRESENT CONSTITUTION WITH A HEAD OF STATE.

    NOT A VOICE HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY OR PUBLICLY RAISED AGAINST THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION, ALTHOUGH GENERAL MOBUTU SAID RECENTLY THAT "COUNTER REVOLUTIONARIES" WERE ASKING PEOPLE OF THE CONGO CENTRAL PROVINCE TO VOTE "NO" ON TRIBAL GROUNDS. THE GENERAL SAID COUNTER REVOLUTIONARIES WOULD BE SEVERELY PUNISHED AFTER THE REFERENDUM.

    THE REFERENDUM WILL BE FOLLOWED BY PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR AND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN 1970.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA56IP9M4C9K2AXLWXVJOB8TGBE
    Media URN:
    VLVA56IP9M4C9K2AXLWXVJOB8TGBE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1967
    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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