• Short Summary

    RHODESIA'S WHITE-DOMINATED ELECTORATE GAVE MASSIVE SUPPORT TO THE PLANS OF MR. IAN SMITH'S REGIME IN?

  • Description

    RHODESIA'S WHITE-DOMINATED ELECTORATE GAVE MASSIVE SUPPORT TO THE PLANS OF MR. IAN SMITH'S REGIME IN YESTERDAYS'S (FRIDAY'S) REFERENDUM. THE RESULT WAS OBVIOUS FROM VOTING TRENDS WITHIN HOURS OF THE START OF COUNTING. SUPPORT FOR THE SETTING UP OF A REPUBLIC SPELLS THE FINAL BREAK WITH BRITAIN.

    THE RESULT WAS A BLOW FOR THE MODERATE CENTRE PARTY, WHICH CONTESTED THE BALLOT FOR THE FIRST TIME. THEY HAD HOPED TO POLL AT LEAST ONE-THIRD OF THE VOTES ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE AND THUS PERHAPS PRESENT A SIGNIFICANT MINORITY AGAINST THE PROPOSED POLICY OF THE SMITH REGIME.

    THE RESULT WILL ALSO BE A DISAPPOINTMENT TO THE BELEAGUERED GOVERNOR OF RHODESIA, SIR HUMPHREY GIBBS, WHO HAS STUBBORNLY MAINTAINED HIS ROLE AS THE BRITISH CROWN'S REPRESENTATIVE WHILE EVER THERE SEEMED HOPE FOR A SETTLEMENT. HE IS EXPECTED TO TENDED HIS RESIGNATION TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND RETIRE TO HIS FARM NEAR BULAWAYO.

    OTHER LIKELY REACTIONS IN SALISBURY ARE EXPECTED TO COME FROM THE UNITED STATES,WHICH WILL PROBABLY WITHDRAW THE AMERICAN CONSUL, OR AT LEAST DOWNGRADE THE POST, AND THE COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT OF ITS RESIDUAL MISSION.

    AFRICAN NATIONALISTS FROM RHODESIA DECLARED THEIR INTENTION TO STEP-UP THEIR GUERILLA WAS AGAINST THE SMITH REGIME FROM THEIR BASES IN TANGANYIKA.

    THE BRITISH CABINET WILL DECIDE ITS LINE OF ACTION NEXT WEEK.

    BUT IN SALISBURY ITSELF, WHITE RHODESIANS SHOWED LITTLE SIGNS OF CARING WHAT THE WORLD THINKS OF THEIR DECISION. NEARLY FOUR YEARS OF DEFIANCE HAVE GIVEN THEM AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO PREPARE FOR WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE FINAL STEP IN THE RHODESIAN PROGRESSION FROM COLONY TO REPUBLIC.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA58TOUZIZZU1QOWUZX269ATH7Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA58TOUZIZZU1QOWUZX269ATH7Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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