Dahomey's National Consultative Assembly, created in February 1971 by Presidential ordinance, met for the first time last week.
GV INT. Maga and officials
CU Maga TILT TO Apithy
SV Darboux onto rostrum
SCU Members applaud
CU & SVs Darboux speaking & audience (7 shots)
SV & GV Delegates applaud (2 shots)
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Background: Dahomey's National Consultative Assembly, created in February 1971 by Presidential ordinance, met for the first time last week. The session was inaugurated by President Hubert Maga, who was accompanied by the other members of the Presidential Commission, M. Apithy and Ahomadegbe.
The 36-member assembly was created to make suggestions to the Dahomey Government on questions of political, social; and economic importance. It will normally meet twice a year, but may also be called into extraordinary session.
First task of the session was to install the man chosen by the Presidential Commission to preside over the assembly. He is M. Paul Darboux, an industrialist who has previously held office as Minister of Social Affairs, Minister of Labour and Minister of Finance, Trade and Tourism. More recently he has served as a presidential assistant under President Maga.
SYNOPSIS:In Cotonou, the Dahomey Head of State, President Hubert Maga, last week inaugurated a session of the new National Consultative Assembly. The assembly was created last year by Presidential decree, but this is the first time it has met. With President Maga at the ceremony were the other members of the Presidential Commission, M. Apithy and M. Ahomadegbe.
M. Paul Darboux is the man chosen by the Presidential Commission to preside over the assembly. An industrialist, M. Darboux has already served as a Minister in several previous governments, and more recently acted as President Maga's assistant.
In his address, M. Darboux spoke of the need for stability and peace if the social and economic problems the country faced were to be tackled with maximum energy. He said the assembly counted on the presidential commission and the government to give it the moral and material support it needs to carry out its task.
The assembly is to meet twice a year to advise the government on political, economic and social questions.