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    Early results in a referendum in Ghana to determine what form of government the country should have in the future, suggest its population is tired of military rule.

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    Early results in a referendum in Ghana to determine what form of government the country should have in the future, suggest its population is tired of military rule.

    SYNOPSIS: The four million-strong electorate of Ghana went to the polls on Thursday (30 March) to decide the country's political future. The choice was a simple one. They could vote in favour of retaining the military government that has ruled the country since 1972 or they can elect to give power to a non-party union of military officers, police and civilians.

    If the poll shows a majority in favour of union government, the Supreme Military Council says it will hand over power on July 1, 1979. The Head of State, General Ignatius Acheampong, who came to power in a bloodless coup in 1972, suggested the referendum. This followed a strike last year professional groups led by lawyers and backed by students and some church organisations. They wanted an early complete return to multi-party civilian rule.

    General Acheampong and other officers were among voters at one of the major polling stations in the capital, Accra. The General, who has often expressed abhorrence for political parties, says that under union government, Ghana could live without the upheavals that have take place during the 22 years since independence. In that time it has been ruled by two civilian governments and two military juntas.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5IUQS92JOM76IYZ3RDFO9GR1X
    Media URN:
    VLVA5IUQS92JOM76IYZ3RDFO9GR1X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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