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    General Gabriel Ramanantsoa has received overwhelming endorsement in the Malagasy national referendum for his demand for a five year mandate to run the country.

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    General Gabriel Ramanantsoa has received overwhelming endorsement in the Malagasy national referendum for his demand for a five year mandate to run the country.

    More than ninety-five per cent of the electorate voted in his favour.

    President Philibert Tsiranana gave General Ramanantsoa full executive powers in the country following disorders in May. But the president appealed to the people to vote against the general, who was asking for five years to introduce social and economic reforms, warning that it would mean five years of military dictatorship.

    Reuters says General Ramanantsoa's victory is almost certain to signal the departure of the president, who has ruled since the island achieved independence from France in 1960.

    SYNOPSIS: A referendum on Sunday to decide if General Gabriel Ramanantsoa could have a five year mandate to run Malagasy.

    President Philibert Tsiranana gave General Ramanantsoa full executive powers in the country following disorders in the south of the country in May. But the President appealed to the people to vote against the General in the referendum. because he was asking for five years to introduce social and economic reforms. The president warned this would mean five years of military dictatorship.

    President Tsiranana himself was an early voter in a heavy turnout. At least ninety-five per cent of the people voted in favour of giving General Ramanantsoa his five year mandate.

    Reuters news agency said General Ramanantsoa's victory was almost certain to signal the departure of President Tsiranana, who had ruled the island since it achieved independence from France in nineteen-sixty. The president, known as the Father of Independence, lost much of his popularity recently. Observers believe his decline began early in nineteen-seventy, when he spent several months in Paris undergoing treatment for circulatory trouble.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADT1N4LP46433457Y0XCYYLBRR
    Media URN:
    VLVADT1N4LP46433457Y0XCYYLBRR
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
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    N/A

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