The first session of the National Assembly of united North and South Vietnam has been held in Hanoi.
GV Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi with Ho Chi Minh shrine in background and (left) long line of National Assembly members queuing to pay homage. (2 shots)
SV Soldiers carrying wreaths to shrine.
GV Government leaders followed by VAN THIEN DUG and other officials.
SV Wreaths placed on shrine and members file into Ho Chi Minh Memorial Hall.
GV National Assembly building.
SCU Madame Nguyen Binh talking to assembly member.
SCU Phan Van Dong talking to assembly members.
SCU VAN THIEN DUG talking to assembly member.
GV INT. Girls present flowers to National Assembly members. (2 shots)
SV Assembly members applauding.
SCU National Assembly Speaker Truong Chinh speaking, and applauds himself.
CU Woman listening
First Secretary of the Lao (Workers) Party, Le Duan speaking. (2 shots)
SV PAN Assembly members applaud.
The Assembly has been charged with drawing up a new constitution and establishing the machinery of government for a country that has been devastated by over 30 years of war. The first session of the assembly followed elections last April in both North and South Vietnam.
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Background: The first session of the National Assembly of united North and South Vietnam has been held in Hanoi. It followed an official government announcement of the reunification of the country, which was divided for over 100 years.
SYNOPSIS: Before the opening of the first session, National Assembly members and government leaders gathered in Ba Dinh Square to pay homage to the late President of North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh.
They included his successor, President Ton Duc Thang, and from Sainom (Ho Chi Minh City), the Chairman of the National Liberation Front, Jr. N??? Huu Tho. Also present ??? deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, General Vo Nguyen Giap. All of them joined in a brief memorial ceremony for the late president in the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Hall.
Later, in ??? National Assembly building Madam Nguyen Thi Bini. Foreign Minister in ??? Provisional Revalue in ??? Government in Saigon, ??? North Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dong, met other National Assembly members. With General Giap, they have leading roles in the reunification programme for North and South Vietnam.
The first duty of the 492 seat assembly is the long-awaited task of re-building the nation, following the overthrow of the United States-backed-South Vietnamese Government of President Nguyen Van Thieu. The Speaker of the National Assembly, Truong Chinh, warned that the task would be hard and said everyone must work hard for its successful completion.
Le Duan, First Secretary of the Communist Lao Dong (Workers) Party delivered a political report to the assembly. He said that the people were ready to build a socialist Vietnam.