INTRODUCTION The remains of two of the Malagasy Republic's most famous heroes in the country's fight for independence now lie in a National Mausoleum, in the capital Antananarivo.
GV Mausoleum in Antananarivo, Malagasy.
GV Crowds along roadside as coffin arrives in lorry.
GV Coffin being carried up, draped in flag, and laid down as crowd watch. (3 shots)
GV Coffin in foreground, ZOOM IN TO dead man's widow.
GV President Didier Ratsiraka in dark suit arrives with escort of troops.
CU Coffin with President and others standing by.
CU President, PULL OUT TO SV of President and army officers with coffins in front.
GV PAN Crowd looking on with armed soldiers on guard.
GV Coffin being carried in to crypt.
SVs Officer carrying flaming torch and lighting plinth as others salute.
SV AND GV Crowds filing past Mausoleum. (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION The remains of two of the Malagasy Republic's most famous heroes in the country's fight for independence now lie in a National Mausoleum, in the capital Antananarivo.
SYNOPSIS: A special ceremony took place on Tuesday (29 March), the day after the new building had been opened. It marked the 30th anniversary of the uprising which eventually led to the country's independence from France.
Probably the leading figure in the struggle for independence was Jean Ralaimongo. He died in 1943, four years before the uprising, but historians consider he was largely responsible for the initial impetus. His widow was at the ceremony.
President Didier Ratsiraka, Premier since independence, attended the ceremony and several thousand people also turned out for the ceremony, including members of several youth movements. The other remains to be installed in the Mausoleum are those of an unknown soldier who was though to have died in the battle of Moramanga, which was considered the first in the independence struggles.
Malagasy was a French colony from 1896 to 1946. It then became a member of the French community after the uprising and was finally granted complete independence in June 1960. The country still remains a member of the French community.
Malagasy's currently implementing changes approved last year under a new constitution. Elections for local government began earlier this month and they're the first stage to voting by the whole country for a People's National Assembly, or the national government. Eventually it's hoped to establish a combined party system of government.