• Short Summary

    IN THE DAHOMEY CAPITAL OF PORTO NOVO YESTERDAY, THIRTY-TWO MEMBERS OF DAHOMEY'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MET FOR THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS TO EVOLVE A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR THE COUNTRY.

  • Description

    IN THE DAHOMEY CAPITAL OF PORTO NOVO YESTERDAY, THIRTY-TWO MEMBERS OF DAHOMEY'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MET FOR THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS TO EVOLVE A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR THE COUNTRY.

    THIS IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS A RETURN TO CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT IN DAHOMEY, WHICH HAS, SINCE 1965, BEEN UNDER THE CONTROL OF A MILITARY GOVERNMENT.

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE HAVE EVOLVED A NEW CONSTITUTION, IT IS TO BE PRESENTED TO THE ELECTORATE IN NATIONAL REFERENDUM, TO BE HELD ON JUNE 17 THIS YEAR. THE FORMER CONSTITUTION WAS DISSOLVED WHEN THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT TOOK OVER THE COUNTRY IN DECEMBER, 1965.

    CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COMMITTEE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE DAHOMEY SUPREME COURT, MAITRE LOUIS PINTO. IN HIS SPEECH TO THE COMMITTEE, M. PINTO DECLARED THAT DAHOMEY WAS IN DANGER BECAUSE OF A LOWERING OF THE SENSE OF CIVIC DUTY AMONGST ITS CITIZENS. HE SUGGESTED THAT THE MOTTO OF THE FUTURE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SHOULD BE - REALITY, EFFICIENTLY AND NATIONAL INTEREST.

    THE COMMITTEE WAS OFFICIALLY INSTALLED BY PRESIDENT ALPHONSE ALLEY. IN HIS ADDRESS TO THE COMMITTEE, PRESIDENT ALLEY DEPLORED THE MANNER IN WHICH PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT HAD RULED THE COUNTRY, BRINGING IT TO THE CONDITION IN WHICH IT FOUND ITSELF TODAY.

    HE TOLD THE MEMBERS THAT THE COUNTRY'S NEW REGIME WAS BASED ON STRENGTH AND THE INTEGRITY OF ITS MEMBERS, WHOSE FUNCTION WAS TO SERVE THE STATE.

    THE OPENING OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COMMITTEE, IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN PORTO NOVO, WAS ATTENDED BY MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY RULING COMMITTEE, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND DIPLOMATS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD0UYH4MRKZ3BGY4A48XM869OG
    Media URN:
    VLVAD0UYH4MRKZ3BGY4A48XM869OG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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