• Short Summary

    Ghana's new leader, Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings, says his ruling Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) will definitely hand over power to President-elect Hilla Limann as planned on October first.

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    Ghana's new leader, Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings, says his ruling Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) will definitely hand over power to President-elect Hilla Limann as planned on October first. Mr. Rawlings told a news conference in Accra that the AFRC would keep its promise to return the country to civilian rule by October.

    SYNOPSIS: The West African state has been ruled by military administrations for more than seven years. Originally Ghana was to be turned over to civilian rule on July first, but the AFRC postponed the handover as part of its purge of corrupt officials from within the ranks of the government and civil service. However, the government and economy that will be inherited by Mr. Limann will be in a severe state of depression. Ghana's cocoa crop is estimated to be the lowest in more than ten years, and rising prices and petrol shortages have caused concern with the voters. According to a spokesman for the AFRC "glaring injustices" were evident in Ghanaian society before the June coup. However, whatever the reason Ghana seems to be tottering on the brink of total financial collapse. All the figures show inflation soaring and almost every sector of the economy in serious trouble.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6TRWAOIBPH0N8L34T6KF43V9T
    Media URN:
    VLVA6TRWAOIBPH0N8L34T6KF43V9T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/08/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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