• Short Summary

    IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA, SATURDAY'S ELECTIONS CAUSED A MAJOR POLITICAL UPSET WHEN THE RIGHT-WING RHODESIAN FRONT WON A SWEEPING VICTORY.

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    IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA, SATURDAY'S ELECTIONS CAUSED A MAJOR POLITICAL UPSET WHEN THE RIGHT-WING RHODESIAN FRONT WON A SWEEPING VICTORY. THE PARTY WENT TO THE POLLS PLEDGED TO HALT THE COLONY'S MARCH TO RACIAL INTEGRATION. THE FOLLOWING DAY, SUNDAY, THE GOVERNOR, SIR HUMPHREY GIBBS, CALLED ON THE RHODESIAN FRONT LEADER, MR WINSTON FIELD, TO FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT.

    CROWDS STANDING OUTSIDE ONE OF SALISBURY'S LEADING NEWSPAPER OFFICES WATCHED THE FINAL ELECTION RESULTS COMING UP AS: RHODESIAN FRONT: 35 SEATS, UNITED FEDERAL PARTY: 29 (INCLUDING 14 AFRICANS), INDEPENDENT. : 1
    THE RHODESIAN FRONT WAS FORMED JUST OVER A YEAR AGO FROM THE DOMINION PARTY AND SOME RIGHT-WING GROUPS. FEW OF THE NEWLY ELECTED MEN HAVE ANY PARLIAMENTARY EXPERIENCE, AND NONE, OF COURSE, HAS ANY EXPERIENCE OF OFFICE. APART FROM ORDINARY PROBLEMS OF ADMINISTRATION, THE NEW GOVERNMENT WILL FACE INTENSE INTERNAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRESSURES. LOCAL OBSERVERS CONSIDER THE CABINET TO BE STRONGLY RIGHT-WING, WITH THE NEW PRIME MINISTER ON THE LEFT WING OF THE PARTY.

    TWO MAIN CONSEQUENCES ARE EXPECTED FROM THE FRONT'S VICTORY: A HASTENING OF THE INEVITABLE CLASH WITH THE AFRICAN NATIONALISTS, AND THE END OF THE RHODESIAN FEDERATION. SIR ROY WELENSKY'S UNITED FEDERAL PARTY IS NOW IN OPPOSITION IN ALL THREE COUNTRIES OF THE FEDERATION. THE FRONT IS BELIEVED TO DESIRE THE FORMATION OF DEFENSIVE ALLIANCES WITH SOUTH AFRICA AND PORTUGAL'S MOZAMBIQUE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6RW7QJQ8T49BY5UTHFO8TZFZM
    Media URN:
    VLVA6RW7QJQ8T49BY5UTHFO8TZFZM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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