• Short Summary

    THE BODY OF PRESIDENT LEON MBA OF GABON WAS FLOWN INTO LIBREVILLE ON THURSDAY (30 NOVEMBER) TO LIE IN STATE UNTIL THE FUNERAL TOMORROW (MONDAY).

  • Description

    THE BODY OF PRESIDENT LEON MBA OF GABON WAS FLOWN INTO LIBREVILLE ON THURSDAY (30 NOVEMBER) TO LIE IN STATE UNTIL THE FUNERAL TOMORROW (MONDAY). PRESIDENT MBA DIED IN PARIS ON NOVEMBER 28TH.

    AN UNUSUAL SILENCE FELL ON LIBREVILLE AIRPORT ON THURSDAY AS THOUSANDS OF MOURNERS, AND A GUARD OF HONOUR MOUNTED BY BOTH THE ARMY AND THE POLICE, WATCHED AS THE COFFIN WAS LOWERED FROM THE SPECIAL PLANE AND CARRIED SLOWLY INTO LIBREVILLE IN AN ARMY CORTEGE. THE LATE PRESIDENT'S WIFE, MADAME MBA, WHO FLEW TO PARIS AFTER HER HUSBAND'S DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED, RETURNED WITH THE COFFIN.

    TODAY, THE BODY OF THE 65-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT WILL BE TAKEN FROM THE FAMILY RESIDENCE IN GABON'S CAPITAL TO THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. THERE, GOVERNMENT LEADERS WILL JOIN REPRESENTATIVES OF FOREIGN STATES AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN PAYING THEIR RESPECTS BEFORE TOMORROW'S FUNERAL.

    AMONG THE LEADERS WHO HAVE ARRIVED OVER THE WEEKEND ARE PRESIDENT HAMANI DIORI OF NIGER, PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY OF THE IVORY COAST, AND PRESIDENT SOGLO OF DAHOMEY. UPPER VOLTA WILL BE REPRESENTED BY THE FOREIGN MINISTER, MR. MALICK ZOROME, AND LIBERIA BY VICE-PRESIDENT WILLIAM TOLBERT.

    M. ALBERT-BERNARD BONGO, SUCCESSOR TO PRESIDENT MBA, RECEIVING THE CONDOLENCES OF THE FRENCH DIPLOMATIC CORPS. DECLARED HIS INTENTION ON FRIDAY TO PURSUE SIMILAR POLICIES TO THOSE OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT. "I WOULD BE FAILING IN MY DUTY IF I TRIED TO MODIFY THE POLICIES LAID DOWN BY PRESIDENT LEON MBA," SAID M. BONGO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB1PG9K4PVUD4CWGNK3VQOXSZ6
    Media URN:
    VLVAB1PG9K4PVUD4CWGNK3VQOXSZ6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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