VISNEWS filmed M. Emil Pelletier on his arrival in Monaco Feb 1. Greeted by M.?
VISNEWS filmed M. Emil Pelletier on his arrival in Monaco Feb 1. Greeted by M. Blanqui, appointed as interim State's Minister by Prince Rainier, M. Pelletier is to take over as Minister of State in Monaco, the chief post in Prince Rainier's Government. He succeeds M. Henri Soum, one of the main causes of dissention between the Prince and the National Council.
Pelletier, France's Minister of the Interior during de Gaulle's coming to power last year, has been selected by the Prince from a list of approved candidates put forward by the French Government. This is an agreement under a pact between Monaco and France.
During a speech over the Radio Monte Carlo network Jan 30, Prince Rainier, Ruler of Monaco, suspended the Principality's 48 year old Constitution and dissolved the National Council (Parliament) and the Municipal Council. He accused Parliament of trying to `blackmail' him. He said that Parliament had persistently encroached on prerogatives which, from time immemorial, were those of the reigning Prince. The Prince intends to give women the vote and carry out administrative and financial reforms "...in the interest of the Principality and with my son in mind."
The `sacked' 18 man National Council have been holding meetings over the Italian border because Rainier has banned political meetings in Monaco. Its President, Dr. Joseph Simon, says "We intend to fight the Prince's charge against us. We claim he had no right to suspend us."