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    Captain Didier Ratsiraka was sworn in as the new President of the Malagasy Democratic Republic on Sunday (4 January) and immediately said his Government would support "all struggles by liberation movements" and work towards a more just world economic system.

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    Captain Didier Ratsiraka was sworn in as the new President of the Malagasy Democratic Republic on Sunday (4 January) and immediately said his Government would support "all struggles by liberation movements" and work towards a more just world economic system.

    The Malagasy Democratic Republic was formed after a referendum on 21 December approved a new constitution. Before then it was known as the Malagasy Republic, and Captain Ratsiraka was also its President.

    He took over last February after the assassination of President Richard Ratsimandrava.

    The new constitution is based on a charter of the "Malagsy Socialist Revolution" contained in a book of thoughts inspired by Marxism, Maoism and North Korean Leader Kim Il Sung.

    At the swearing in ceremony, President Ratsiraka said his country needed a "new mentality".

    "On the other hand the nation is more solidly united thanks to the sacred flame of patriotism which animates it," he said.

    The President also outlined his Government's proposed foreign policy and said it would follow "omnidirectional politics". He added that it would support all struggles by liberation movements -- particularly by the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).

    The new Government will pursue a "vigorous economic policy" aimed at reducing the country's high unemployment and inflation.... which is running at about 30 per cent.

    SYNOPSIS: Tananarive, the capital of the Malagasy Democratic Republic, was the scene of celebration recently at the swearing in ceremony of Captain Didier Ratsiraka as the new President.

    The Malagasy Democratic Republic was formed after a referendum in December approved a new constitution. The country was formerly known as the Malagasy Republic, and Captain Ratsiraka was also its President.

    He took over after the assassination of President Richard Ratsimandrava lat February.

    President Ratsiraka took a salute and reviewed a guard of honour after the ceremony.

    He then addressed the crowd of well-wishers and outlined his Government's policies.

    The President said his Government would support all struggles by liberation groups - particularly that of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). He added that he would work towards a more just world economy while pursuing a vigorous national economic policy aimed at lowering unemployment and inflation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7U2G4SPQ7DDPNNS8QFSD04FZM
    Media URN:
    VLVA7U2G4SPQ7DDPNNS8QFSD04FZM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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