• Short Summary

    THE CONGOLESE PARLIAMENT HAS STARTED A NEW SESSION.MEMBERS WERE CALLED INTO SESSION ON MONDAY, BUT?

  • Description

    THE CONGOLESE PARLIAMENT HAS STARTED A NEW SESSION.MEMBERS WERE CALLED INTO SESSION ON MONDAY, BUT BECAUSE IT LACKED A QUORUM, PARLIAMENT WAS NOT FORMALLY OPENED UNTIL TUESDAY.

    IT WAS THE FIRST MEETING OF THE CONGOLESE PARLIAMENT SINCE THE PRIME MINISTER, M.CYRILLE ADOULA, ADJOURNED SESSIONS FOR A "VACATION" DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE FIGHTING IN KATANGA LAST YEAR.

    UNDER THE CONGOLESE "LOI FUNDAMENTALE" -- THE CONSTITUTION OF PARLIAMENT -- THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES MUST CONVENE ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MARCH.HOWEVER, ONLY FIFTY-SIX OF THE 127 MEMBERS TURNED UP.THE CONGOLESE PARLIAMENT REQUIRES HALF ITS MEMBERS TO ATTEND TO FORM A QUORUM.

    THERE WAS NO CEREMONY FOR THE OPENING OF THE PARLIAMENT.MANY OF THE MEMBERS MET INFORMALLY INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CHAMBER TO DISCUSS POLICIES DURING THE COMING SESSION.AMONG THEM WAS ONE DEPUTY FROM KATANGA, BESTON MUTEBA, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE "CONAKAT" GROUP, HEADED BY KATANGA'S PROVINCIAL PRESIDENT, M.TSHOMBE.HE SAID THAT OTHER DEPUTIES FROM KATANGA WOULD NOT ATTEND UNTIL PARLIAMENT PASSED A LAW PROTECTING THEM.

    ONE OF THE FIRST ACTS OF THE DEPUTIES WAS TO APPOINT A PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES.THIS WAS DONE BY DROPPING NAMES INTO A HAT, AND SELECTING ONE.HE IS MATHIAS KAMISHANGA, A MEMBER OF LUMUMBA FACTION OF THE MOVEMENT NATIONAL CONGOLAIS.

    THE LAST CHAMBER IN WHICH THE DEPUTIES MET WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED AS THE BANQUET ROOM FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL, AT THE TIME WHEN THE COUNTRY WAS STILL UNDER BELGIAN RULE.IT WAS NOT COMPLETED IN TIME TO BE USED AS SUCH AND HAS NOW BECOME THE PERMANENT Chamber OF DEPUTIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADLZIAUAOS7XTVPRXL215LOFXC
    Media URN:
    VLVADLZIAUAOS7XTVPRXL215LOFXC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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