Gabon's President Albert Bernard Bongo opened the First Congress of the Gabon Democratic Party on Monday (August 31).
GV INTERIOR..delegates applauding
MV President Bongo speaking
GV Parade - led by band
GV & MV President Bongo leading procession (2 shots)
GV & MV Band leading parade (2 shots)
GV & MV President Bongo leading parade (2 shots)
MV Parade Bongo greeted
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Background: Gabon's President Albert Bernard Bongo opened the First Congress of the Gabon Democratic Party on Monday (August 31). In his speech President Bongo -- who is also Secretary-General of the Party -- attacked the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now meeting in Addis Ababa, as a club where everyone shouted without any effective result.
In his two-hour address, the President named France and West Germany as his friends who effectively helped him. He added that the diplomacy of those who did not aid Gabon did not represent anything as far as he was concerned.
President Bongo called upon members of his Government and delegates from all parts of the country attending the Congress to fight against regionalism and individualism in the interests of the nation's unity and economic independence.
After the opening session, the President and other delegates, walked the tree kilometres (two miles) from the Town Hall to Renovation Palace in a parade headed by the National Band.
The march was the first of its kind.