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    Thousands of people took part in military parades in Antananarivo, Madagascar on Saturday and Sunday (25 and 26 June) to celebrate the 17th anniversary of independence, and the second anniversary of the country becoming a Democratic Republic.

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    Thousands of people took part in military parades in Antananarivo, Madagascar on Saturday and Sunday (25 and 26 June) to celebrate the 17th anniversary of independence, and the second anniversary of the country becoming a Democratic Republic.

    SYNAPSIS: Presiding over the military parade was Madagascar's Head of State, Mr. Didier Ratsiraka. He inspected a guard of honour before the parade began. Madagascar became independent in 1960, following more than 60 years of French rule. After thirteen years of presidential government, control of the country was taken over by military leaders in 1972. That control dissolved two years ago when Mr. Ratsiraka became Head of State. The army plays a major role in the economic development of the country. Parades like this are common in socialist countries, which emphasise the need for young people to work closely with other active forces of the nation.

    The army was showing off its newly-acquired equipment -- including North Korean anti-aircraft guns -- for the first time. The display was organised by North Korean military technicians and the Madagascar Ministry for Youth.

    Attending the parade were a number of government ministers and foreign diplomats. One of them was Mr. Paul Berenger, general secretary of the Mauritius Militant Movement. A delegation from the Congo was led by the Minister of State, M. Pierre Anga. Madagascar is politically peaceful now, tow years after the assassination of the then head of state, Richard Ratsimandrava, who met his death only six days after assuming power. Last year, the Government was re-organised, and the country's name was altered from the Malagasy Republic to the Democratic Republic of Madagascar.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA57W9CUWB8T46JSDLVRV76663J
    Media URN:
    VLVA57W9CUWB8T46JSDLVRV76663J
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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