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    Elected for the congress have been 4,998 delegates representing more than 15-million-strong party.

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    Background: Elected for the congress have been 4,998 delegates representing more than 15-million-strong party.

    The congress was opened by General Secretary of the Party's Central Committee Leonid Brezhnev.

    Chairing the morning session was the Politbureau Member, Secretary of the Party's Central Committee Mikhail Suslov.

    The congress selected procedural organs and working commission.

    Mikhail Suslov warmly welcomed representatives of 103 foreign communist and worker parties and national liberation movements present at the congress.

    The delegates voted for the agenda approved by the Central Committee which includes discussion of Leonid Brezhnev's progress report and the guidelines of development of national economy in 1976-1980 to be presented by head of the government Alexei Kosygin. Also the congress is to elect central bodies of the party.

    Warmly greeted by delegates and guests of the congress Leonid Brezhnev presented the Progress Report of the Central Committee of the CPSU and the Main Tasks of the Party in the Field of Internal and Foreign Policy.

    The speaker pointed out that the party, the Soviet people have achieved much implementing decisions adopted five years ago at the 24th congress of the Communist Party. It was a correct course that was drafted. New heights have been reached in creating the material and technical base of communism. Soviet people's life became richer both materially and culturally All possible have been done to secure conditions for peaceful construction in the USSR and other socialist countries, for peace and security of all nations.

    Leonid Brezhnev gave a detailed characterization of the further expansion and development of the Soviet Union's relationships with socialist countries. Decisively confirmed have been the main principles of the foreign policy aimed at further international detente, at normalizing relationships with all countries in the world.

    The speaker said that the policy of the present Chinese leaders closes in with that of the extreme reactionaries the world over. He went on that the Soviet Communist party shall continue its struggle against maoism. At the same time the USSR is ready to normalize its relations with China. The matter depends now on the Chinese side.

    Leonid Brezhnev spoke in detail on the USSR's relationships with developed capitalist countries. He underscored that the Soviet Union is firmly resolved to continue improving Soviet-American relations in the interests of both peoples and the cause of world peace.

    Once again it became obvious that political detente might to be supplemented with a military detente.

    Speaking on the internal policy General Secretary said that the main socio-economic targets of the 9th Five-Year period just ended have been reached. The volume of industrial output has gone up by 43 per cent. compared with the 8th five-year, the average annual agricultural output was 13 per cent higher in the 9th five-year. Leonid Brezhnev pointed out that the tenth five-year programme means development for all the constituent republics, nations and nationalities of the USSR. The economic policy of the Soviet Communist party is aimed as before at continuous raising of the material and cultural standards of the people.

    Speaking of the party the speaker said that the CPSU membership to-day is 15 million 694 thousand.

    The opening of the congress and Leonid Brezhnev speech was televised and broadcast nationwide as well as through Intervision system.

    The 25th congress of the CPSU continues.

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