• Short Summary

    President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines announced in Manila on Wednesday (17 January) that a national referendum had ratified a new constitution to give the country parliamentary instead of Presidential Government.

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    President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines announced in Manila on Wednesday (17 January) that a national referendum had ratified a new constitution to give the country parliamentary instead of Presidential Government.

    He said the referendum - held last week - was overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed constitutional changes, but national elections would not be held for at least six years.

    More than thirty-six thousand citizen' assemblies voted on a number of questions, including whether they wanted a plebiscite on the constitution plan and whether they wanted martial law - imposed last September - to continue.

    The referendum decided that martial law should continue "as long as necessary," President Marcos said. Observers noted that the new constitution would allow President Marcos to continue in power, perhaps as Prime Minister, for an indefinite period.

    SYNOPSIS: At the Presidential Palace in Manila on Wednesday, public approval of a new constitution was announced. It will change the country from its present Presidential system to a parliamentary form of government.

    President Marcos made the announcement that a poll by more than thirty-six thousand citizen's assemblies had favoured the new constitution. He added, however, that national elections would not be held for at least six years.

    The referendum also decided that martial law -- imposed last September - should continue "as long as necessary" and a planned plebiscite on the constitutional proposals should be scrapped. It has been noted that while the new constitution will bring parliamentary government, it will allow President Marcos to continue in power, perhaps as Prime Minister, for an indefinite period.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAJ1V1ETIPSFOZCWK9PKHF85FF
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJ1V1ETIPSFOZCWK9PKHF85FF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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