A big memorial ceremony was held in the Congolese capital on Saturday (18 March) to mark the first anniversary of President Marien Ngoabi's assassination.
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MCU President Opango heads parade (2 shots)
SV Guard of honour in cemetery
MS President wiping tears
MS Widow of former President Ngouabi
Foreign ambassadors near memorial
President Opango taking medal and placing it on Ngouabi's memorial, lays wreath (3 shots)
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Background: A big memorial ceremony was held in the Congolese capital on Saturday (18 March) to mark the first anniversary of President Marien Ngoabi's assassination. President Yhombi-Opango laid a wreath and medal on his predecessor's grave.
SYNOPSIS: The new president headed a memorial parade through the streets of Brazzaville on the first anniversary of President Ngouabi's death. Leading military officials and members of the diplomatic community were there as well.
Former President Ngouabi, who was 38, was shot down by his own bodyguard. He was the cousin of the new President, Joachim Yhombi-Opango.
Madame Celine Ngouabi, the assassinated president's widow, stood for a minute's silence before seeing President Yhombi-Opango lay a medal on her husband's grave. It was the Joliot-Curie medal, from the World??? Council of Peace. The council said the late President's work for his country's independence and the advancement of Africa could not be forgotten. Other recipients of the award have been Salvador Allende, the assassinated Communist president of Chile; Archbishop Makarios, the former President of Cyprus and Yasser Arafat, head of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. The anniversary of President Ngouabi's assassination has been named a "day of supreme sacrifice" throughout the Congo by the country's ruling military committee.