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    President Kenneth Kaunda was sworn in for a third term as the Zambian Head of State on Friday (December 7).

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    President Kenneth Kaunda was sworn in for a third term as the Zambian Head of State on Friday (December 7).

    The general and presidential elections were the first held since Zambia became a one-party state last year. The 49-year old leader, the only presidential candidate, gained about 85 per cent of the vote.

    He was sworn in by Chief Justice Brian Doyle at the High Court in the capita, Lusaka, as thousands of supporters watched from around the huge colonial building.

    Electoral returns showed that only about a third of Zambia's 1,700,000 registered voters had gone to the polls -- the lowest figure since President Kaunda led Zambia to independence nine years ago.

    The general election, for 125 seats in the Zambian Parliament, was contested by 300 candidates. They were selected in primary elections last month by Zambia's only legal party,the United National Independence Party. Three Cabinet Ministers and eleven Ministers of State lost their seats.

    In the Presidential election, voters were asked to put a cross beside a drawing of an eagle on the ballot paper, if they approved of President Kaunda's re-election. A cross beside a drawing of a hyena meant they disapproved.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABJWRLHQLZIV5T47MZXOEXA39E
    Media URN:
    VLVABJWRLHQLZIV5T47MZXOEXA39E
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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