Following the Belgian Congo's recent provincial elections, the Leopoldville Province Assembly held its first meeting in Leopoldville, June 1.
LV INT during meeting
SCU African leaders
CU Mr. Nsongo wearing a Bakuba hat with shells
SV seated in front row, Gizeng, leader of African Solidarity Party
CU Mr. Kingotolo waving his arms
SV Belgian officials (white)
CU official speaks
CU Mr. Kibongo wearing a bakuba hat with bells
SCU Abaku leader Diomi makes speech
GV during meeting
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Background: Following the Belgian Congo's recent provincial elections, the Leopoldville Province Assembly held its first meeting in Leopoldville, June 1. Newly elected members gathered to choose their President of the Assembly, and to receive formal instruction on their duties and rights.
On Independence Day - June 30 - the Leopoldville Province Assembly and the assemblies of the five other provinces will take over provincial administration from the Belgians.
While results of the National Assembly elections are still awaited, the provincial elections resulted in 27 per cent of the provincial assembly seats being won by the National Congolese Movement, led by Mr. Patrice Lumumba, now the Congo's strongest supported leader.