• Short Summary

    Upper Volta celebrated its nineteenth anniversary of independence on Sunday (5 August) with a military parade and award presentation in the capital Ouagadougou.

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    Upper Volta celebrated its nineteenth anniversary of independence on Sunday (5 August) with a military parade and award presentation in the capital Ouagadougou.

    SYNOPSIS: The land-locked country of Upper Volta was formerly a province of French-West Africa. It became a self-governing republic within the French community in 1958 and fully independent two years later. Upper Volta's President, General Sangoule lamizana, arrived at 3 January Square in time to review the military parade. The military still play a prominent role in the country although civilian control was reintroduced last year after twelve years of military rule.

    Many of those who now have a hand in government had been out of political life for more than a decade. General elections were held in May last year and the government is trying hard to improve agriculture, transport and education. But much of the work is still carried out by the army. Military engineers are building dams and irrigation channels in the arid northern region and the army plays an important part in educating the population as military service is still compulsory
    Upper Volta is one of the poorest nations in the world. The economy relies heavily on agriculture and is hard-hit by frequent droughts. But reserves of unexploited mineral resources provide hope for the future.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABA4REDC8CYFGEENEIJGXIR0EA
    Media URN:
    VLVABA4REDC8CYFGEENEIJGXIR0EA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/08/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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