The Revolutionary Military Government of Dahomey celebrated its second anniversary at the weekend in the old imperial city, Abomey, nearly 80 miles (about 130 kms) from the capital, Contonou.
SV PAN Dahomey's President and others arriving
CU President's wife and President talking to army officials (2 shots)
GV PAN Dignitaries seated
LV Troops jumping out of aircraft (2 shots)
GV Parachutes descending (2 shots)
CU Officials look on
GV Parachutes landing (2 shots)
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Background: The Revolutionary Military Government of Dahomey celebrated its second anniversary at the weekend in the old imperial city, Abomey, nearly 80 miles (about 130 kms) from the capital, Contonou.
Special ceremonies were held to mark the anniversary in many places throughout the country.
The occasion is being observed 35 days after the anniversary of the actual military coup took place on October 26 two years ago.
This is done deliberately to co-inside with the day (30 November) when President Lieutenant-Colonel Mathiou Kerekou -- who led the coup -- declared a "National Program" calling for Dahomey to be self-reliant and free from foreign domination.
In this year's anniversary speech, the President urged his people to adopt a socialist outlook in life, as that would be the only way for the country to fulfil the objectives of the Revolution.