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    President Felix Houphouet-Boigny on sunday (7 december) led celebrations to mark the fifteenth anniversary of independence in Ivory Coast.

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    President Felix Houphouet-Boigny on sunday (7 december) led celebrations to mark the fifteenth anniversary of independence in Ivory Coast. This year's festivities took place in the central town of Dimbokro, 260 Kilometres ( 155 miles) north of the capital, Abidjan, and were among the most prestigious since France withdrew from the country in 1960.

    Celebrations actually began the day before with a commemoration ceremony at the city's military cemetery, the inauguration of a new textile factory and a soccer match between two top Ivory Coast teams, the Stella-club and Abidjan A.S.E.C.

    Highlight of the day on sunday was a mass march-past by representatives of Ivory Coast's armed forces, women's organisations and youth groups. President Houphouet-Boigny reviewed the parade through Dimbokro city centre in the presence of foreign and local dignitaries.

    The march-past was followed by a procession of elaborately decorate floats depicting the advances made in agricultural during Ivory Coast's fifteen years of independence. Despite liberal economic policies and the expansion of industry, farming still plays a crucial role in Ivory Coast's economy.

    For president Houphouet-Boigny, the celebrations held a particular significance. He has led Ivory Coast since it became independent, and -- at the age of 70 -- has recently been elected unopposed for his fourth, and possibly final, term of office.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9OWD4Q73MMNV4IHUG8CBPL7JJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9OWD4Q73MMNV4IHUG8CBPL7JJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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