Upper Volta has celebrated its eighteenth anniversary of independence (5 August) with a military parade and award presentation in the capital Ouagadougou.
Upper Volta has celebrated its eighteenth anniversary of independence (5 August) with a military parade and award presentation in the capital Ouagadougou. Leading the celebrations was the President of Upper Volta, General Sangoule Lamizana, who has dominated the politics of his country for 12 years.
SYNOPSIS: The president of the agricultural, land-locked country was greeted by the Minister of Defence, Francois Bouda, when he arrived for the celebrations. Francois Bouda is among those who own their positions to recent moves in Upper Volta towards a multi-party, democratic state, after 12 years of military rule. He became a minister after elections in May this year (1978). But although there are now civilians in the government, the dominance of the military is still evident.
Some of those who now have a hand in the government had been out of political life for more than a decade. About 130 people, both military and civilian, received medals of the Order of Merit. President Lamizana told the gathering that he wants to develop the scope for democratic choice in Upper Volta.