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    Five African Heads of State were in Kinshasa this week for the celebrations marking the 11th anniversary of President Mobutu Sese Seko's assumption of power in Zaire.

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    Five African Heads of State were in Kinshasa this week for the celebrations marking the 11th anniversary of President Mobutu Sese Seko's assumption of power in Zaire.

    SYNOPSIS: The celebrations reached a climax with a grand military parade along the main street on Wednesday (24 November). President Mobutu Sese Seko arrived with a police convoy to preside over the military march past.

    The celebrations attracted President William Tolbert of Liberia, Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania, Sallah Eddine Ahmed Bokassa of the Central African Republic, Felix Malloum of Chad and Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda.

    In 1965, Zaire was known as Congo-Kinshasa, a former Belgium colony. In that year Mobutu Sese Seko, the Commander in Chief of the military, took over power from the civilian President Joseph Kasabuvu. The country was in complete disarray following rebellion and the secession of the province of Katanga. The name of the country was later changed from the Republic of Congo to Zaire and Mobutu adopted the name Sese Seko meaning powerful warrior.

    The President and guests saw the cream of Zaire's military in the march past and its equipment. Behind them marched all the children born 11 years ago to emphasise the year of revolution.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABF0T08NXVT7SSVZMEAGLSHY1S
    Media URN:
    VLVABF0T08NXVT7SSVZMEAGLSHY1S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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