• Short Summary

    The People's Republic of Benin, formerly Dahomey, has been celebrating the fourth anniversary of a military coup which brought the present regime to power.

  • Description

    The People's Republic of Benin, formerly Dahomey, has been celebrating the fourth anniversary of a military coup which brought the present regime to power.

    SYNOPSIS: A strong contingent of troops was on display in Cotonou, the capital, for the occasion. Since becoming independent as Dahomey in August 1960, Benin has experienced six bloodless coups, with the country's military always playing a decisive role.

    Watching the parade were the Republic's President, Mathieu Kerekou and visiting Guinea Premier, Lansana Beavogui.

    Lieut.-Col. Kerekou, who came to power in 1972, set up a Military Council of the Revolution to govern the country. He created a Marxist ruling party, the Benin People's Revolutionary Party, together with a communist-styled youth organization. Marxism-Leninism was adopted as the national idealogy. State control is extended in several sectors of the economy but the country remains in continued financial difficulty. In July, the President visited North Korea, China, Rumania and Algeria.

    Premier Lansana Beavogui represented another of the more radical of the former French colonies.

    In October, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa signed an eight million US dollar loan with Benin. The money will be used for financing a cement project in Cotonou.

    The Soviet Union airlines "Aeroflot" opened a regular service between Moscow and Cotonou last month.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5RPD02Z4T7HCKI4MJ1L0X0MBN
    Media URN:
    VLVA5RPD02Z4T7HCKI4MJ1L0X0MBN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment