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    THREE FORMER PRESIDENTS AND A FORMER PRIME MINISTER HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AS CANDIDATES FOR DAHOMEY'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS NEXT MONTH.

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    THREE FORMER PRESIDENTS AND A FORMER PRIME MINISTER HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AS CANDIDATES FOR DAHOMEY'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS NEXT MONTH.

    THEY ARE HUBERT MAGA, THE COUNTRY'S FIRST PRESIDENT (1960-63); HIS SUCCESSOR SOUROU - MIGAN APITHY ( 1964 - 1965 ), DR. EMILE DERLIN ZINSOU ( 1968 - 1969 ) AND JUSTINE AHOMADEGBE, PRIME MINISTER FROM 1963 - 1965.

    NOMINATIONS CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT ON FEBRUARY 19. THE LIST OF CANDIDATES NOW GOES TO THE COUNTRY'S RULING MILITARY DIRECTORATE, WHICH WILL DECIDE WHETHER THE CANDIDATES ARE ALLOWED TO STAND.

    THE THREE-MAN DIRECTORATE CAME TO POWER AFTER A COUP LAST DECEMBER DEPOSING DR. ZINSOU, THE CIVILIAN PRESIDENT APPOINTED BY THE FORMER MILITARY GOVERNMENT IN 1968 AFTER ELECTIONS IN WHICH MAGA, APITHY AND AHOMADEGBE WERE DISQUALIFIED AND NO CANDIDATE OBTAINED ENOUGH VOTES TO BE ELECTED.

    THIS TIME A SIMPLE MAJORITY OF VOTES CAST WILL SUFFICE TO ELECT PRESIDENT.

    POLLING WILL TAKE PLACE ON DIFFERENT DATES IN THE COUNTRY'S SIX DEPARTMENTS WITH A TWO-DAY INTERVAL BETWEEN THE PRESIDENTIAL AND LEGISLATIVE POLLS IN EACH DEPARTMENT. IT WILL BEGIN ON MARCH 9 IN OUEME DEPARTMENT, TRADITIONALLY REGARDS A STRONG HOLD OF SUPPORTERS OF M. APITHY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7HGHGRTNRQMLILS6JQ4J4KGZE
    Media URN:
    VLVA7HGHGRTNRQMLILS6JQ4J4KGZE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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