• Short Summary

    SIR DAWDA JAWARA WAS SWORN IN AS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE NEWLY-FORMED REPUBLIC OF GAMBIA IN A CEREMONY HELD IN BATHURST, THE CAPITAL, LAST TUESDAY (APRIL 28).

  • Description

    1.
    GV GUARD OF HONOUR
    0.05

    2.
    SV CHIEF JUSTICE ARRIVING
    0.10

    3.
    GV PRESIDENT'S CAR ARRIVES
    0.16

    4.
    SV PRESIDENT GREETED-UP TO ROSTRUM
    0.29

    5.
    GV CROWD
    0.32

    6.
    MCU PRESIDENT
    0.40

    7.
    SV OFFICIALS
    0.44

    8.
    CLOSE-UP PRESIDENT SWEARING IN
    0.54

    9.
    SV OFFICIALS SEATING
    0.58

    10.
    SV PAN PRESIDENT INSPECTS GUARD OF HONOUR
    1.07

    11.
    GV PARADE PAST ROSTRUM (3 SHOTS)
    1.28

    12.
    SV CROWD
    1.31

    13.
    GV GUARD OF HONOUR FIRING INTO AIR
    1.33

    14.
    SV CROWD
    1.38

    15.
    LV PAN GUARD GIVES THREE CHEERS
    1.46

    16.
    SV SCOUTS PASSING ROSTRUM, GUIDES AND RED CROSS (3 SHOTS)
    2.00

    17.
    CU PRESIDENT WATCHING
    2.02

    18.
    SV PRESIDENT WATCHES CHILDREN PASSING
    2.06



    Initials PAF/V/PW/BJ



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    Background: SIR DAWDA JAWARA WAS SWORN IN AS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE NEWLY-FORMED REPUBLIC OF GAMBIA IN A CEREMONY HELD IN BATHURST, THE CAPITAL, LAST TUESDAY (APRIL 28). THE COUNTRY, PREVIOUSLY AN INDEPENDENT STATE WITHIN THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH, VOTED IN A RECENT REFERENDUM, TO BECOME A REPUBLIC.

    THE NEW PRESIDENT, WHO WAS PREVIOUSLY THE PRIME MINISTER TOLD SCHOOLCHILDREN AFTER THE SWEARING IN CEREMONY, THAT GAMBIA WAS NOW "AN INDEPENDENT AND SOVEREIGN REPUBLIC WHOSE CONSTITUTION EMBODIES THE HIGH PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT AND GUARANTEES ALL CIVIL LIBERTIES AND FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS TO EVERY GAMBIAN CITIZEN".

    THE WHOLE NATION AND THE GOVERNMENT HAD ASSUMED EVEN GREATER RESPONSIBILITIES TO SECURE LASTING PEACE, ACHIEVE RAPID PROGRESS AND BRING ABOUT WIDESPREAD PROSPERITY, HE ADDED.

    THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY WAS WATCHED BY A LARGE CROWD OF CHEERING CITIZENS OF GAMBIA, THE SMALLEST COUNTRY IN AFRICA. IT INCLUDED A MARCH PAST OF SCHOOLCHILDREN AND MEMBERS OF VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS, AND IN INSPECTION OF A POLICE GUARD OF HONOUR.

    GAMBIA ACHIEVED INTERNAL SELF-GOVERNMENT IN OCTOBER, 1963 AND BECAME INDEPENDENT OF BRITAIN IN FEBRUARY 1965. BUT IT REMAINED A MEMBER OF THE COMMONWEALTH WITH QUEEN ELIZABETH AS CONSTITUTIONAL HEAD OF STATE.

    AN EARLIER BID FOR A DECLARATION OF A REPUBLIC IN NOVEMBER 1965, FAILED WHEN THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT GET THE NECESSARY TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY. BUT THIS TIME GAMBIA'S 130,000 VOTERS GAVE THE GOVERNMENT AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY IN THE FOUR DAY REFERENDUM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7YTSWN2PY9J1P8SJ97K3BNI3H
    Media URN:
    VLVA7YTSWN2PY9J1P8SJ97K3BNI3H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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