When the oil minister of Algeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Iraq meet in Tripoli on Monday, 22nd February, Algeria will be presenting both the policy and the mettle of its President, Houari Boumedienne.
GV Motorcade with Boumedienne and aide (1968)
CU Flag (1968)
SV Boumedienne and aide in car (1969)
GV Crowd watch parade
SV Troops pass at the double and CU of feet (2 shots)
GV Armoured cars in parade
SV Troop carriers
CU Banner at Tizi Ouzou (1968)
CU Boumedienne gets a bouquet from a little girl
CU Children waving flags
SV Boumedienne waves to crowds
SV Kabylie women and children clap
LVTOSV Boumedienne surrounded by various aides waves as he walks
SV Men and women athletes GV marching in parade
CU Chinese observer
GV Women gymnasts in parade
CU Russian observer
TGV of the site of the Djorf Torba Dam (1969)
GV Motorcade with Boumedienne arriving in Djorf Torba (Algerian Sahara)
TGV Djorf Torba Dam
CU Boumedienne cuts tape
LV Boumedienne and party work over dam
SV Children throw flowers from float and clap (1969)
CU Women in yashmaks watch the parade
GV Floral float with girls in parade
SV&CV Boumedienne steps up to microphone and begins speech (SILENT)
LV Audience listening to Boumedienne who's in background on dais
GV Band (Military) (1969)
SV Boumedienne and Gaddafi (1969)
CU Swordsman guard
SV Boumedienne with Takriti on dais
SV Nimeiry gets off plane and is greeted by Boumedienne
SV Boumedienne says goodbye to Arafat and other Palestinian revolutionaries
SV Crowd, including women in yashmaks, watch parade
SV Mounted troops in white capes and turbans
GROUND TOT AIR SHOT - Aircraft fly overhead
CU Boumedienne at microphone
SV Crowd watch and listen (including women in yashmaks)
CU Boumedienne speaks (1969)
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Background: When the oil minister of Algeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Iraq meet in Tripoli on Monday, 22nd February, Algeria will be presenting both the policy and the mettle of its President, Houari Boumedienne. Under his direction Algeria, has played a complicated role in the present oil talks. It has sent observers to the main talks in Teheran, it has negotiated its own arrangements with France and now it is partly lining up with Libyan demands for batter terms.
Colonel Houari Boumedienne has ruled Algeria for more than five years. To most Algerians he is his country's first and only national leader. The regimes of Ben Bella and Ben Khedda are virtually forgotten.
Boumedienne is the son of a farmer from eastern Algeria near the Tunisian border. He changed his name from Mohammed Boukharraba to Houari Boumedienne about 1955 when he wan an officer in the FLN (National Liberation Front). By 1960 he was FLN's army chief. And when Algerian became independent under President Ben Khedda in 1962, Boumedienne was left, along with the army, in political uncertainty. The same year he helped Ben Bella to take over the country. In 1965 he ousted Ben Bella and he has kept him under house arrest ever since.
Houari Boumedienne is unmarried. Although not a recluse, he spares little time for formalities. The army is his great preoccupation: it brought him to power and he relies on it. Every year it take pride of place in the parades in Algiers to mark the anniversary of the country's freedom.
Today Boumedienne's Algeria is a haven for revolutionaries from other countries. But it is also slowly building its own Algerian, Arabic, non-French identity, an identity which closely reflects the personality of Houari Boumedienne.