• Short Summary

    President Yahya Khan told a press conference in Dacca, East Pakistan on Friday (November 21) that Pakistan's General Elections, due on December 7, will go on despite the cyclone and tidal wave disaster in the Ganges Delta.

  • Description

    President Yahya Khan told a press conference in Dacca, East Pakistan on Friday (November 21) that Pakistan's General Elections, due on December 7, will go on despite the cyclone and tidal wave disaster in the Ganges Delta. The President had just returned from a tour of the disaster area.

    President Khan added that if polling had to be postponed for a few weeks in the constituencies of the disaster area, it would not delay the convening of the National Assembly as practical considerations would prevent it from being summoned immediately.

    The President's statement quashed speculation that the tragic plight of East Pakistan's coastal areas might mean putting off the choice of the first elected Parliament since Martial Law was proclaimed in 1958.

    Any postponement of the elections had been strenuously opposed by East Pakistan leader Sheik Mujibur Rahman, head of the powerful Awami League. His party is expected to win all 165 seats in the 300-Member Assembly and he is tipped as a possible Prime Minister when a new constitution is adopted.

    President Yahya told the conference:
    Defending his Government against criticism that its own reaction to the disaster had been inadequate and too slow, he said:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA93LDWMGX3TM2BL309ET5ODXR8
    Media URN:
    VLVA93LDWMGX3TM2BL309ET5ODXR8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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