The National Assembly of South Vietnam, elected on the 29th August, met for the first time on Monday (4 October), the day after Nguyen Van Thieu's presidential election victory.
LV EXT & INT People look at results board (3 shots)
LV PAN EXT Assembly building
SV Pressmen show passes while guards wait
SV Deputies arrive and enter (2 shots)
TGV INT Chairman of Supreme Court addresses House.
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Background: The National Assembly of South Vietnam, elected on the 29th August, met for the first time on Monday (4 October), the day after Nguyen Van Thieu's presidential election victory. President Thieu, returned unopposed for a second four-year term, won 91.5 per cent of the votes cast. Contrary to expectations, President Thieu did not attend the opening.
President Thieu interpreted his election victory as a massive vote of confidence--87.7 per cent of the electorate voted, Confirmation of his victory must now come from the Supreme Court, which decides on the election's validity at the end of this month.
But the office of vice-president Nguyen Kao Ky, who withdrew from the contest more than a month ago, has charged that the government had rigged the results; and a pro-Ky organisation has appealed to the Supreme Court to invalidate the election.