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    IN THE WEEK BEFORE NATION-WIDE ELECTIONS BEGIN IN THE CONGO, THE PRIME MINISTER, MR.MOISE TSHOMBE,?

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    IN THE WEEK BEFORE NATION-WIDE ELECTIONS BEGIN IN THE CONGO, THE PRIME MINISTER, MR.MOISE TSHOMBE, HAS BEEN SPEAKING IN MINING TOWNS IN KATANGA.HE IS LEADING THE CONVENTION NATIONALE CONGOLAISE (CONACO) -- A PARTY FORMED LAST MONTH FROM THE AMALGAMATION OF 49 SMALLER POLITICAL GROUPS.

    THE GENERAL ELECTIONS BEGIN TODAY (THURSDAY) AND GO ON FOR SIX WEEKS.THE VOTING IS BEING ORGANISED ON A STAGGERED ROTATION BASIS AND IS TO DECIDE THE 166 SEATS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (LOWER HOUSE), AND THE LEGISLATURES OF THE 21 PROVINCES.KATANGA IS ONE OF THE FIRST PROVINCES TO VOTE.

    THE ELECTIONS ARE BEING HELD WITH TWO MAJOR PROBLEMS UNSOLVED.THE QUESTION OF INSURGENT FORCES STILL POSES A SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR THE ADMINISTRATION.EIGHT OF THE CONGO'S NORTH AND NORTH-EASTERN PROVINCES HAVE PART OF THEIR TERRITORIES OCCUPIED BY THESE FORCES -- AND ELECTIONS HERE, SCHEDULED FOR THE END OF APRIL, WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE UNLESS THE GOVERNMENT CAN RESTORE CONTROL.THE OTHER PROBLEM IS THE PROLIFERATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES -- MORE THAN 230 IN ALL -- WHICH WILL MAKE OVERALL VICTORY FOR ANY SINGLE GROUP VERY DIFFICULT.

    SPEAKING DURING HIS ELECTION TOUR OF KATANGA, MR.TSHOMBE APPEALED TO ALL POLITICAL PARTIES, INCLUDING INSURGENTS, TO VOTE.HE OFFERED A SOLEMN DECLARATION OF SECURITY FOR ALL WHO VOTED.MR.TSHOMBE SAID HE WANTED THE ELECTIONS TO BE ALMOST "A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE" IN THE "AUTHENTIC" AFRICAN POLICY OF HIS GOVERNMENT.

    AFTER THE ELECTIONS THE PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURES WILL CHOOSE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL SENATE (UPPER HOUSE).THE LEADER OF THE PARTY GAINING THE MOST SUPPORT IN BOTH HOUSES WOULD BE IN A GOOD POSITION TO BE NAMED PRIME MINISTER UNDER PRESIDENT JOSEPH KASAVUBU.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA864FPBYN1OTZ7C2WDZJVUGWFC
    Media URN:
    VLVA864FPBYN1OTZ7C2WDZJVUGWFC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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