• Short Summary

    AN ARMY GENERAL HAS SEIZED POWER IN DAHOMEY FOR THE SECOND TIME WITHIN THREE WEEKS.?

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    AN ARMY GENERAL HAS SEIZED POWER IN DAHOMEY FOR THE SECOND TIME WITHIN THREE WEEKS. GENERAL CHRISTOPHE SOGLO TOOK OVER THE PRESIDENCY OF THIS FORMER FRENCH WEST AFRICAN TERRITORY IN A BLOODLESS COUP LAST WEDNESDAY.

    ON NOVEMBER 26, GEN. SOGLO FORCED THE RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT APITHY AND THEN HAD A PROVISIONAL CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT FORMED. BUT WHEN THE NEW REGIME FAILED TO AGREE ON HOW THE COUNTRY SHOULD BE GOVERNED, HE STEPPED IN AGAIN.

    GEN. SOGLO'S NEW CABINET - ANNOUNCED ON THURSDAY - IS COMPRISED ALMOST ENTIRELY OF CIVILIANS, BUT HE HIMSELF REMAINS HEAD OF STATE. HE SAYS HE HOPES TO RESTORE CIVIL RULE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT IT WOULD BE DONE "STEP BY STEP."
    MEANWHILE, DAHOMEY REMAINS CALM. SOME TRADES UNION LEADERS CALLED A GENERAL STRIKE IN PROTEST, BUT LATER BACKED DOWN.

    (GEN. SOGLO IS 56 AND A FORMER CAPTAIN IN THE FRENCH ARMY. HE TAKES OVER A COUNTRY OF 2 1/2-MILLION PEOPLE SANDWICHED WITH TOGO BETWEEN NIGERIA AND GHANA. DAHOMEY BECAME A REPUBLIC IN 1960.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVADDKZ2YEU329XRIAXMGMTVVR3X
    Media URN:
    VLVADDKZ2YEU329XRIAXMGMTVVR3X
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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