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.
GV: troops in cars in fourth anniversary coup parade, Cotonou, Benin.
SV: armoured cars in parade.
SV: President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin (on right) seated with Guinea Premier Lansana Beavogui.
GV: armoured cars parading (2 shots)
GTVs: youths carrying flags parading. (4 shots)
CU AND MVs: President Kerekou and Premier Beavogui watching parade (3 shots)
SVs: workers parading. (2 shots)
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Background: 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.