In a state of emergency declared by the outgoing Belgian Administration, aimed guards were on duty inside and outside the building of the Provincial Assembly, as Representatives - minus boycotting Opposition - at Elizabethville, in the rich Katanga province of south-east Belgian Congo, voted June 18 Moise Tshombe, leader of the ruling Katangese Conakat Party, as Prime Minister.
GV Provincial Assembly building in Elizabethville.
SCU Armed guards at entrance.
CU Ditto PAN to rifle.
SV Deputies arrive.
SV Int..PAN from President of Assembly to picture of King Baudouin.
CU PAN..Empty tables and seats where Opposition (boycotting the Assembly) should have sat.
SV Deputies vote.
CU Official reads result.
SV Next morning: newspapers sold.
SCU Newspaper headlines, with election results announcing new Government.
SCU Official talks to newly-elected Prime Minister Tshombe.
FULL CU.. Tshombe.
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Background: In a state of emergency declared by the outgoing Belgian Administration, aimed guards were on duty inside and outside the building of the Provincial Assembly, as Representatives - minus boycotting Opposition - at Elizabethville, in the rich Katanga province of south-east Belgian Congo, voted June 18 Moise Tshombe, leader of the ruling Katangese Conakat Party, as Prime Minister.
Army police patrolled the city as newspapers heralded the news of his election and formation of the new cabinet.
Mr. Tshombe, 40, is opposed to secession of Katanga from the Congo, and a linking with Northern Rhodesia while a colour bar exists there. But admits " a new situation would arise if the colour bar were abolished. "Mr. Tshombe, summoned to help the formation of a Government in Leopoldville when the Congo becomes independent June 30, has also warned he is opposed to joining a cabinet which would try to weld the 900,000-square-mile Congo into a unitary state. "It would be unfair to lump Katanga with other poor provinces. We are financing 55 per cent of the Congolese budget. Our voice should be respected." he has said.
The southern half of Katanga contains some of the world's richest deposits of zinc, copper, gold, uranium, cobalt and other precious ores.
The possibility, observers reported, is that the Katanga Government will declare itself independent and self-governing soon- this much Prime Minister Tshombe has said several times.
The 100,000-strong European community in Katanga is dwindling. European shops in Elizabethville are 'to let' in most streets. By independent day, airline reports said, between 2,000 and 2,500 European will have left - out of fear over the whiteman's future and possible violence.
In Leopoldville, June 21, Mr. Patrice Lumumba. leader of the Congolese National Movement, was forming the Congo's first Government following the breakdown of talks for a coalition with the rival party of Kasavubu.