INTRODUCTION: At the Soviet Communist Party's National Congress on Tuesday (3 March) President Leonid Brezhnev announced that he had been re-elected General Secretary of the Party for a further five-year term.
GV Soviet Communist Party Congress in session (2 shots)
SV President Leonid Brezhnev speaking
GV Congress delegates seated
GV Mr. Brezhnev speaking from podium (cont'd) (2 shots)
GV Audience applauding
SV Brezhnev continuing, as audience listens (3 shots)
GV Audience applauding with standing ovation
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Background: INTRODUCTION: At the Soviet Communist Party's National Congress on Tuesday (3 March) President Leonid Brezhnev announced that he had been re-elected General Secretary of the Party for a further five-year term. He also announced that the entire top Kremlin leadership, made up of 13 members of the party's ruling Politburo, had also been re-confirmed.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Brezhnev made the announcement of the final day of the party's 26th Congress. It was believed to be the first time since the early days of the Russian Revolution that the Politburo had emerged completely unchanged, despite the advanced age of many of its members.
Mr. Brezhnev is 74 and the average age of the inner cabinet is 69. The oldest, Arvid Pelshe, aged 82, continues as head of the party's watch-dog control commission. The status quo was maintained with the eight non-voting members of the Politburo, and 10 party secretaries also re-elected.
During the Congress, a new 5-year programme was approved with a strong emphasis on the elimination of waste, of goods and materials, labour resources, and investment funds. But there was a cautious note introduced, with the decision that the ruling party's current 20-year programme needs to be recast. It had promised living standards well above the West by 1980.
Mr. Brezhnev promised that safe-guarding peace would continue to take top priority and said the "revolutionary transformation of the world cannot be prevented."