The new Republic of Rhodesia was born officially yesterday (Monday) following the signing of a proclamation by Mr.
The new Republic of Rhodesia was born officially yesterday (Monday) following the signing of a proclamation by Mr. Clifford Dupont, the Officer Administering the Government. The ceremony was witnessed by Mr. Ian Smith, Premier of the illegal Rhodesian Government since 1965.
Mr Dupont, a former London attorney, becomes interim President of Rhodesia following the declaration which dissolved parliament until a general election on April 10, when Rhodesians will elect their new government.
The ceremony finally and formally severed all Rhodesia's links with the Brish Crown, so completing the chain of events which started in November II, 1965, when Mr. Smith first declared Rhodesian independence in defiance of the British government.
The gazetting of the proclamations dissolving parliament automatically mobilises Rhodesia's new apartheid-style constitution which gives the country's 225,000 whites indefinite supremacy over 4,820 African Rhodesians.
The United States government announced yesterday that it would under no circumstances recognize the new Rhodesian government. The United Nations Security Council will meet later this week to discuss means of intensifying sanctions against Rhodesia.
Rhodesians themselves took the official declaration of the Republic quietly and without formal rejoicing. Few stayed up to mark the last few hours of Rhodesia's old regime which ended at midnight on Sunday. Republic day will not officially be celebrated until October 19 the day set aside by parliament as a public holiday marking the occasion.