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    SOUTHERN RHODESIA'S PRIME MINISTER, MR. IAN SMITH, HAS REMOVED THE COUNTRY'S MOST POWERFUL INDIVIDUAL OPPOSED?

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    TRANSCRIPT: ANDERSON: "IT WASN'T VOLUNTARY. I WAS RETIRED UNDER A CERTAIN CLAUSE OF THE DEFENCE ACT. I WAS OVER 50 YEARS OF AGE. THE BACKGROUND TO THIS IS THE FACT THAT MY IDEAS ARE ANTI THOSE OF THE INCUMBENT GOVERNMENT. AND QUITE HONESTLY, IF I WERE A PRIME MINISTER, AND I HAD A G.O.C. WHOSE IDEAS WERE AS ANTI-GOVERNMENT AS MINE, I WOULD PROBABLY DISMISS HIM, TOO. IT'S KNOWN THAT THERE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH EVEN I WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTION - BUT I DON'T THINK THAT TIME HAS ARRIVED. BUT I WOULD LIKE THE ARMED FORCES OF RHODESIA TO KNOW THAT I EXPECT THEM TO HOLD TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY STILL HAVE A DUTY TO PERFORM TO THIS COUNTRY."




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    Background: SOUTHERN RHODESIA'S PRIME MINISTER, MR. IAN SMITH, HAS REMOVED THE COUNTRY'S MOST POWERFUL INDIVIDUAL OPPOSED TO A UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. THIS IS THE COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL ANDERSON, WHO WAS RETIRED YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT ON THE GROUNDS OF AGE. HE IS 51.

    THE GOVERNMENT DENIED THAT GENERAL ANDERSON WAS DISMISSED BECAUSE OF HIS VIEWS ON UNILATERAL INDEPENDENCE. THE GENERAL, HOWEVER, HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT THIS WAS THE MAIN FACTOR. HE SPOKE TO NEWSMEN ABOUT THE CRISIS BROUGHT ABOUT BY HIS RETIREMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD1FDLIKRWXTR6VUCXQO1FWR5C
    Media URN:
    VLVAD1FDLIKRWXTR6VUCXQO1FWR5C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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