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    DEPOSED PRESIDENT DOCTOR EMILE ZINSOU HAS DEMANDED A PUBLIC CONFRONTATION WITH DAHOMEY'S NEW MILITARY REGIME WHICH REMOVED HIM FROM OFFICE IN A COUP LAST WEEK.

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    DEPOSED PRESIDENT DOCTOR EMILE ZINSOU HAS DEMANDED A PUBLIC CONFRONTATION WITH DAHOMEY'S NEW MILITARY REGIME WHICH REMOVED HIM FROM OFFICE IN A COUP LAST WEEK. DR. ZINSOU, RELEASED AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF IMPRISONMENT, IS SEEKING THE ARMY'S REASONS FOR DEPOSING HIM.

    DR. ZINSOU WAS REMOVED AS PRESIDENT AFTER AN ARMY COUP LED BY LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MAURICE KOUANDETE. IT WAS THE FIFTH COUP IN THE COUNTRY SINCE IT ACHIEVED INDEPENDENCE IN 1960.

    SPEAKING TO NEWSMEN AT HIS HOME, THE FORMER PRESIDENT SAID THAT SINCE THE ARMY HAD BEEN PLEDGED TO MAINTAIN SECURITY AND STABILITY OF DAHOMEY, HE WAS UNABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE REASONS FOR ITS INTERVENTION IN THE COUNTRY'S GOVERNMENT.

    DR. ZINSOU PRAISED MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT WHO HAD STAYED AT THEIR POSTS DURING THE CRISIS.

    SINCE THE COUP, THREE OTHER FORMER PRESIDENTS HAVE RETURNED TO THE COUNTRY, AND THE MILITARY DIRECTORATE HAS NOW REPEA??? AN ORDER PREVENTING THEM FROM STAYING.

    TWO OF THEM, M. JUSTIN AHOMADEGBE, PRESIDENT IN 1965, AND M. HUBERT MAGA, PRESIDENT FROM 1961 TO 1963, WHO RETURNED EARLY THIS WEEK, SPOKE TO NEWSMEN ABOUT THEIR POLITICAL FUTURE. THE THIRD, M. SOUROU MIGAN APITHY, PRESIDENT FROM 1964 TO 1965, ARRIVED FROM PARIS ON TUESDAY.

    IN THE STREETS, THE PEOPLE ARE AGAIN GOING ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS AS LIFE RETURNS TO NORMAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA96PO78E57CNRAF6ACR13R4OUU
    Media URN:
    VLVA96PO78E57CNRAF6ACR13R4OUU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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