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    SILVER-HAIRED GENERAL LUDVIK SVOBODA, HIS RIGHT HAND PLACED UPON THE CONSTITUTION, TODAY (SATURDAY) TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE AS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

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    SILVER-HAIRED GENERAL LUDVIK SVOBODA, HIS RIGHT HAND PLACED UPON THE CONSTITUTION, TODAY (SATURDAY) TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE AS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA. THE 72-YEAR-OLD FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER WAS ELECTED BY 282 VOTES OUT OF THE 288 VOTES CAST IN A SECRET BALLOT.

    CANNONS ROARED A SALUTE AND FLAGS WERE RAISED AS GENERAL SVOBODA CAME FORWARD FROM HIS SEAT AS A PARLIAMENTARY DEPUTY TO ACCEPT THE POST. THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE IN THE MARVELLOUS VAULT OF THE VLADISLAV HALL OF PRAGUE CASTLE WHERE THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MEETS.

    AS GENERAL SVOBODA LEFT THE HALL, SEVERAL HUNDRED STUDENTS WHO HAD STAGED A SIT DOWN DEMONSTRATION IN A NEIGHBOURING COURTYARD SHOUTED IN CHORUS FOR THEIR CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT, THE PROGRESSIVE FORMER EDUCATION MINISTER CESTIMER CISAR. BUT THEY OBEYED WHEN MR. CISAR TOLD THEM THAT DEMOCRATIC RULES MUST BE RESPECTED AND THEY SHOULD JOIN IN WITH SEVERAL THOUSAND OTHER PEOPLE GREETING THE GENERAL.

    AMONG THE INVITED GUESTS AT THE SWEARING IN CEREMONY WAS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF PRAGUE, D. FRANTISEK TOMASEK AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH WHO HAVE LONG BEEN AT ODDS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF MR. NOVOTNY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA1HBNCNX5OIZFT4XFL4V9G7SI
    Media URN:
    VLVAA1HBNCNX5OIZFT4XFL4V9G7SI
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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