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    An African-dominated transitional Government took over power from Portugal in Angola on Friday (31 January) to the wild cheers of thousands of black Angolans.

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    An African-dominated transitional Government took over power from Portugal in Angola on Friday (31 January) to the wild cheers of thousands of black Angolans.

    The ceremonies took place in the capital, Luanda, and effectively ended thirteen years of guerrilla warfare by three black Angolan liberation movements to overthrow Portuguese rule in this small country on the west coast of Africa.

    The three liberation movements are sharing power within a Presidential Council which also includes a Portuguese High Commissioner, General Antonio da Silva Cardosa. The three Angolans are Mr Johnny Eduardo (National Front for the Liberation of Angola F.N.L.A.), Mr Lopo do Nascimento Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, M.P.L.A) and Dr Jose N'Dele (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, U.N.I.T.A.). Ministerial powers have been shared equally between Angolans and Portuguese.

    The transitional Government will prepare Angola for full independence on 11 November.

    The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by Portugal's Minister for Overseas Territories, Dr Antonio de Almeida Santos and was attended by representatives of friendly black African countries and the United Nations.

    Angola -- which has been ruled by Portugal for 90 years -- is potentially one of the richest states on the African continent. Its 5.6 million people produce and export coffee, diamonds, oil and minerals.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACG1HHWPEYYQBLVGCD5NS8D200
    Media URN:
    VLVACG1HHWPEYYQBLVGCD5NS8D200
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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