The 26th anniversary of Niger's ruling Progressive Party -- a section of the African Democratic Assembly -- was celebrated in Niamey last Friday (May 12th) with a parade of civil and military units.
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Background: The 26th anniversary of Niger's ruling Progressive Party -- a section of the African Democratic Assembly -- was celebrated in Niamey last Friday (May 12th) with a parade of civil and military units.
President Diori Hamani, who watched the march-past, had chosen the anniversary to announce an important new step in the country's political development.
In an earlier speech, the President had announced that a national party congress will be held shortly. Its aims will be to redefine the party's goals and revise its statues. President Diori described it as a further step towards achieving "total democracy" in Niger.
SYNOPSIS: Niger celebrated the twenty-sixth anniversary of the ruling Progressive Party last week. In Niamey, President Diori arrived to take the salute at a military and civil parade through the capital. Most of the country's government members and leading administrators were also there.
Besides commemorating a major event in the country's political history, the anniversary was also of importance to Niger's political future. In a speech to the nation before the parade, President Diori had announced plans to speed the nation's political development. He said that a national party conference will shortly be held in Niamey. The President, who is also Secretary-General of the party, said the aim would be to redefine party policies and to revise its statutes.
The President's message to the people parading past him was that there is still much to be done to achieve the legitimate aspirations of the people of Niger. He predicted the forthcoming congress would help the country achieve total democracy. And existing political institutions would be adapted to play a more efficient role in the country's political evolution.
Farming machinery in the parade symbolised Niger's economic progress. But President Diori has spoken of some serious national problems that still hamper the course of progress. He especially mentioned unjustified public antagonism towards the professional classes, a dangerous explosion of property speculation and the need for women to play a fuller role in society.