• Short Summary

    The Rhodesian National Front of Prime Minister Ian Smith won all fifty white seats at stake in Tuesday's (30 July) election and, in so doing, dealt a crushing blow to its main electoral opponent, the more moderate Rhodesia Party.

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    The Rhodesian National Front of Prime Minister Ian Smith won all fifty white seats at stake in Tuesday's (30 July) election and, in so doing, dealt a crushing blow to its main electoral opponent, the more moderate Rhodesia Party.

    Mr. Smith cast his vote in the capital, Salisbury. Support for his part was widespread among the minority white population, demonstrating that the vast majority of the country's 250,000 whites agree with him that there should be no major concessions to African demands for increased parliamentary representation leading to black majority rule.

    In the eight African seats up for direct election at the poll, it was the opponents of the Government who triumphed. The other eight African seats will be filled by candidates selected by tribal colleges.

    As soon as the election results were known, the General-Secretary of Rhodesia's African National Council, Dr. Gordon Chavunduka, re-affirmed that the ANC will not attend a round-table constitutional conference planned by the Government. Dr. Chavunduka said Mr. Smith's landslide victory at the elections had not changed the attitude of the ANC on the constitutional issue.

    The deadlock over the political role of blacks in Rhodesia dates back to 1965 when Mr. Smith's administration unilaterally declared the country independent of Britain. The British Government now says it wants to see blacks and whites in Rhodesia reach a constitutional agreement before it will come to terms with the Salisbury regime.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7CFNYHFL6U5BAZTX4AWPEIIL1
    Media URN:
    VLVA7CFNYHFL6U5BAZTX4AWPEIIL1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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