The Ghanaian Head of State, General Ignatius Acheampong, reviewed contingents of the armed forces and police in a parade of Friday (13 January) to mark the sixth anniversary coup which ousted the former Prime Minister, Dr Kofia Busia.
GV PAN: Ghana's Head of State and Commander-in-chief General Acheampong reviewing parade from an open jeep.
SV: seated dignitaries watching parade.
SV PAN: General Acheampong driving past
GV PAN OF: male and female servicemen
SV: General Acheampong lighting perpetual flame, PAN UP TO monument with statue of soldier on top.
SV PAN: female troops march past general Acheampong.
SV: General Acheampong saluting.
GV PAN: armoured cars pass, followed by light tanks.
TOP SHOT, PAN OF: parade ground with troops marching past.
According to Reuters News agency the Ghana Bar Association -- which has already rejected the proposed union from of government. -- has now asked the government to lift its ban on political parties. A proposal adopted by the Association has deplored what it terms the "one sided or discriminatory" manner in which the proposals for the non political form of government were being propagated.
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Background: The Ghanaian Head of State, General Ignatius Acheampong, reviewed contingents of the armed forces and police in a parade of Friday (13 January) to mark the sixth anniversary coup which ousted the former Prime Minister, Dr Kofia Busia.
SYNOPSIS: General Acheampong, head of the seven man Supreme Military council, reviewed the parade from an open Land-Rover -- accompanied by the Chief of Defence Staff and the Police Inspector General. Government officials, members of the National Redemption Council, and thousands of Ghanaians watched the parade as navy ships fired a 21 gun salute and planes from the country's air force flew past over Accra's Independence Square.
In an address to the parade, general Acheampong repeated the government's pledge for a return to constitutional rule by July 1979 -- with a non-political form of government. Earlier, in a nation-wide radio speech, he said that to avoid what he termed "the scourge of party politics". Ghanaians will be given the chance of trying a new government system. Individual Ghanaians will stand for election on personal merit.
A referendum is to be held in just over two months time to approve these proposals. In the parade address, General Acheampong said the only path to progress would be in an atmosphere of political stability. He urged Ghanaian to close ranks against opponents of the planned return to constitutional rule. And he told troops and police to be in a "state of readiness" in case anybody tried to stop people from taking part in the referendum.