• Short Summary

    THE MALAGASY REPUBLIC'S RULING SOCIAL DEMOCRAT PARTY OPENED ITS THIRTEENTH NATIONAL CONGRESS ON TUESDAY (9 SEPT) WITH A MASSED PARADE AND DANCING IN TANANARIVE.

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    THE MALAGASY REPUBLIC'S RULING SOCIAL DEMOCRAT PARTY OPENED ITS THIRTEENTH NATIONAL CONGRESS ON TUESDAY (9 SEPT) WITH A MASSED PARADE AND DANCING IN TANANARIVE. THE OPENING WAS MARKED BY THE CUSTOMARY MARCH BY DELEGATES OF THE 104 PARTY FEDERATIONS WHO HAD COME FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, AND REPRESENT MORE THAN A MILLION MEMBERS AMONG THE ISLAND'S SEVEN MILLION POPULATION.

    SOME 20,000 DELEGATES TOOK PART IN THE PARADE, AND AT THEIR HEAD WERE REPRESENTATIVES OF FRATERNAL PARTIES -- THE FRENCH SOCIALIST PARTY, THE WEST GERMAN SOCIAL DEMOCRATS, THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY, THE TUNISIAN NEODESTOUR PARTY AND THE MAURITIAN SOCIAL DEMOCRATS.

    THE MASS PARADE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY FOLD SONGS AND TRADITIONAL DANCERS FROM ALL REGIONS OF THE ISLAND. ALSO IN THE PARADE WERE FLOATS, SOME OF THEM UNDERLINING THE THEME "UNITY, DISCIPLINE, LABOUR" CHOSEN FOR THIS YEAR'S CONGRESS.

    THE PARADE TERMINATED IN THE CITY STADIUM, WHERE THE PARTY'S GENERAL SECRETARY, ANDRE RESAMPA, AND PRESIDENT PHILIBERT TSIRRNANA ADDRESSED THE HUGE GATHERING.

    IT WAS THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE FOR MORE THAN A MONTH. HE HAS BEEN CONVALESCING AFTER AN ILLNESS, AND HE TOLD THE CONGRESS HE WAS BETTER BUT WOULD HAVE TO CONTINUE HIS REST CURE.

    M. RESAMPA, WHO IS MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, REAFFIRMED THE PARTY'S UNSWERVING ATTACHMENT TO THE PRESIDENT.

    THE CONGRESS, WHICH ENDS ON SATURDAY (13 SEPT) IS AIMED PARTICULARLY AT THE STUDY OF YOUTH PROBLEMS. IT WILL ALSO ALLOW PARTY MEMBERS TO TAKE STOCK OF THE GOVERNMENT'S FIRST FIVE-YEAR-PLAN, WHICH ENDED LAST YEAR, AND THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE SECOND FIVE-YEAR PLAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADCSIJSE61DKG9KL3JFEZVRSU0
    Media URN:
    VLVADCSIJSE61DKG9KL3JFEZVRSU0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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