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    A GALA ATMOSPHERE GREETED DAHOMEY'S PRESIDENT EMILE ZINZOU WHEN HE VISITED ABOMEY AS PART OF THE CELEBRATIONS MARKING THE NINTH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE.

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    A GALA ATMOSPHERE GREETED DAHOMEY'S PRESIDENT EMILE ZINZOU WHEN HE VISITED ABOMEY AS PART OF THE CELEBRATIONS MARKING THE NINTH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE.

    FOR ABOMEY, IT WAS A RARE EVENT TO PLAY HOST TO THEIR PRESIDENT, AND THE OCCASION ATTRACTED HUNDREDS OF VILLAGERS.

    THERE WAS MUSIC, SINGING AND DANCING. ACROBATS, TOO.

    PRESIDENT ZINZOU ALSO SPOKE TO HIS ENTHUSIASTIC AUDIENCE.

    DAHOMEY, A FORMER FRENCH COLONY, WON ITS INDEPENDENCE ON AUGUST 1, 1960. TO MARK THE OCCASION, THE PRESIDENT THIS YEAR CALLED UPON EACH TOWN AND VILLAGE IN THE WEST AFRICAN REPUBLIC TO CELEBRATE THE OCCASION, MODESTLY BUT FERVENTLY.

    PRESIDENT ZINZOU TOOK OFFICE ON JULY 17 LAST YEAR WHEN CALLED UPON BY DAHOMEY'S MILITARY RULERS. A REFERENDUM 11 DAYS LATER CONFIRMED HIM IN THE OFFICE. MILITARY RULE HAD PREVIOUSLY DISPLACED CIVILIANS RULE AFTER A PERIOD OF NATIONAL DISQUIET.

    PRESIDENT ZINZOU WAS A FOUNDER MEMBER OF THE FIRST ORGANISED POLITICAL MASS MOVEMENT IN DAHOMEY. HE IS AN ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORTER OF AFRICAN UNITY AND HELD SEVERAL MINISTERIAL POSTS IN PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS.

    DAHOMEY HAS NO MINERAL WEALTH AND RELIES ON AGRICULTURE TO UNDERWRITE ITS MODEST BUDGET.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACGFGIOPLL07B6YBYHCMK57Y1R
    Media URN:
    VLVACGFGIOPLL07B6YBYHCMK57Y1R
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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