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    GENERAL MOBUTU YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) DEPOSED PRESIDENT KASAVUBU AND THE ACTING PRIME MINISTER MR. KIMBA AND?

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    GENERAL MOBUTU YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) DEPOSED PRESIDENT KASAVUBU AND THE ACTING PRIME MINISTER MR. KIMBA AND MADE HIMSELF PRESIDENT, AND COLONEL LEONARD MULAMBA, ACTING PREMIER. THE COUP WAS CARRIED OUT SWIFTLY AND WITHOUT BLOODSHED.

    SOON AFTER GENERAL MOBUTU ASSUMED POWER, PARLIAMENT MET TO HEAR A SPECIAL DECREE FROM GENERAL MOBUTU READ TO THE ASSEMBLY BY MR. SYLVESTRE MUDINGAYI - PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE. IN HIS MESSAGE, GENERAL MOBUTU SAID HIS GOVERNMENT WOULD WOULD RULE "AS A REGIME OF EXCEPTION" - TAKING ON BROAD POWERS IF NECESSARY. HE STRESSED THAT PARLIAMENT WOULD REMAIN THE LEGISLATIVE ARM OF THE GOVERNMENT AND WOULD SEE OUT THE FIVE YEAR TERM THAT BEGAN TWO MONTHS AGO. ATTENDING THE MEETING WERE MR. KIMBA - THE MAN WHO WAS ASKED BY PRESIDENT KASAVUBU TO FORM A GOVERNMENT BUT WHO WAS STILL UNSUCCESSFUL WHEN GENERAL MOBUTU SEIZED POWER, - AND MR. TSHOMBE, THE PRIME MINISTER WHO WAS DISMISSED BY PRESIDENT KASAVUBU.

    EARLIER IN THE DAY, GENERAL MOBUTU MET NEWSMEN IN THE GARDEN AROUND HIS PRIVATE RESIDENCE. HE TOLD THEM HE INTENDED TO REMAIN PRESIDENT FOR FIVE YEARS. HE HAS ASKED COLONEL LEONARD MULAMBA TO FORM A GOVERNMENT. AMONG THE NEWSMEN ATTENDING THE GATHERING WAS M. MBUNGU - PRESIDENT OF THE CONGOLESE PRESS ASSOCIATION AND EDITOR OF A WEEKLY MAGAZINE WHICH HAS SUSPENDED BYU MR. KIMBA.

    GENERAL MOBUTU HAS STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT, WHEN IT IS FORMED, WILL BE COMPOSED MAINLY OF CIVILIANS. HE WANTS THE ADMINISTRATION TO INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE REPRESENTATIVE FROM EACH OF THE CONGO'S 22 PROVINCES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD3MUM8GD0K8JFD7ZDK8HZS0LX
    Media URN:
    VLVAD3MUM8GD0K8JFD7ZDK8HZS0LX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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