• Short Summary

    Major Mathieu Kerekou, the new Head of State of Dahomey, and leader of the bloodless military coup which overthrew the three-man Presidential Council on Thursday (October 26), was filmed in Cotonou on Saturday (October 28) with members of his Cabinet and staff.

  • Description

    Major Mathieu Kerekou, the new Head of State of Dahomey, and leader of the bloodless military coup which overthrew the three-man Presidential Council on Thursday (October 26), was filmed in Cotonou on Saturday (October 28) with members of his Cabinet and staff.

    Major Kerekou said in a statement today (Tuesday), that both President Justin Ahomadegbe Tometin and Council Member Hubert Maga were free and not being reproached, although they were being watched for "their own safety". The third member of the Council, Sourou Migan Apithy, flew home to Cotonou from Paris today - he was on holiday in France at the time of the coup.

    The new President, former Paratroop Battalion Chief Kerekou, has said that the political direction of the new regime would be shown in a Government programme which would be revealed to the people of Dahomey shortly. He also undertook to honour any international agreements signed by his predecessors, and to maintain Dahomey's membership of regional and international organisations. As well as the Presidency, Major Kerekou holds the Defence portfolio himself.

    His eleven-man Cabinet is entirely made up of members of the Armed Forces. The various departments of the interior remain under the command and security of the Gendarmerie Commanders.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8UUH1PV8R4Q3ZP3WOR6IQT5VU
    Media URN:
    VLVA8UUH1PV8R4Q3ZP3WOR6IQT5VU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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