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    President Siaka Stevens took the salute at a parade of the armed forces and voluntary organisation in Freetown on Wednesday (19 April).

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    President Siaka Stevens took the salute at a parade of the armed forces and voluntary organisation in Freetown on Wednesday (19 April). The parade marked the first anniversary of the declaration of the Republic.

    In a broadcast to the nation, President Stevens said the government was concentrating on solving economic problems -- as political independence was meaningless with economic independence. He said the government would continue to promote the cause of peace with renewed confidence and vigour, and would strive to promote pease and stability in the country.

    Sierra Leone, which gained its independence from Britain in April of 1961, became a Republic within the British commonwealth a year ago.

    SYNOPSIS: President Siaka Stevens attended a special ceremony and parade marking the first anniversary of the declaration of the Republic. The parade in Freetown on Wednesday was the first of several events celebrating the anniversary. A large crowd was on hand to see the President take the salute at the march-past.

    All the armed services were represented in the special parade, in addition to several voluntary organisations marching at the Brookfields Stadium. The parade was under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel M. S. Tarawalli of the Republic of Sierra Leone Military Forces. Sierra Leone, which gained its independence from Britain in April of 1961, became a Republic within the British commonwealth a year ago. President Stevens said that the parade portrayed the fact that the country belonged to all of the people, civilians and soldiers.

    Earlier, in a broadcast to the nation, the President said the government was concentrating on solving economic problems -- as political independence was meaningless without economic independence. He said that the government would continue to promote the cause of peace with renewed confidence and vigour, and would strive to promote peace and stability in the country. He added, however, that it is unfortunate that in order to achieve peace and stability in the country, the government had to introduce a state of emergency, which is still in force. The creation of the Republic, President Stevens said, marked a new ear, which the government felt would usher in considerable changes in hate political life of the country., crating a better political climate that would make for peace, stability and happiness for all.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACRZC6DEU200PKVB0X5CXE42H8
    Media URN:
    VLVACRZC6DEU200PKVB0X5CXE42H8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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