• Short Summary

    There was all the ceremonial of more ancient Parliament in Freetown (June 12) when Sierra Leone's Parliament re-opened, but not a mention of a long-standing issue, the country's change-over to a Republican system of government.

  • Description

    There was all the ceremonial of more ancient Parliament in Freetown (June 12) when Sierra Leone's Parliament re-opened, but not a mention of a long-standing issue, the country's change-over to a Republican system of government.

    Outside the Parliament building. Withe the Prime Minister speaker of the House and the Judge all assembled, the Actin Governor-General, who was to deliver the speech from the throne, inspected a Guard of Honour, then saluted the flag.

    Inside the Parliament Building, Prime Minister, Dr. Siaka Probyn Stevens handed over the speech from the Throne to be delivered by actin Governor-General Mr. justice Banja Tejan-Sie.

    The lack of mention throughout of the Republican question led to local speculation that the Government had dropped the issue.

    A general election is due in November, and it is expected that the most important issue to be determined then will be the Republican one.

    The theme of this year's speech was Governments desire to boost the economy. A number of proposals were outlined:
    The Government is to tighten control on insurance and expatriate companies. Company law is to be revised.

    It is proposed to set up an Agricultural and Co-operative Development Bank, and a State Commercial Bank.

    The services of an expert are also being sought to improve the Customs and Excise Department and curb smuggling.

    Negotiations are in progress to re-open the Palm Kerne Oil Mill in Wellington.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA734XSE238533DRRRYQU6SNF97
    Media URN:
    VLVA734XSE238533DRRRYQU6SNF97
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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