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    The heads of state of three neighbouring countries watched the Central African Republic's 17th independence anniversary parade with President Jean-Bedel Bokassa in the capital Bangui on Monday (1 December).

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    The heads of state of three neighbouring countries watched the Central African Republic's 17th independence anniversary parade with President Jean-Bedel Bokassa in the capital Bangui on Monday (1 December).

    Soldiers and schoolchildren took part in the parade and a life size replica of President Bokassa was carried past. The heads of state -President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, President Albert Bernard Bongo of Gabon and Cameroon's President El Hadj Ahmadou Ahidjo were also in Bangui to attend the Central African Heads of State Customs and Economic Union conference the following day (2 December).

    The Central African Republic gained its independence from France in 1985. Marshal Bokassa came to power in a military coup ten years ago. The reasons given for the coup were profiteering and corruption even in the top ranks of the civil service and a suspicion of a pro-Chinese tendency in the government. Immediately after the coup all Chinese nationals were expelled from the country and diplomatic relations with China were broken.

    One of the major aims of Marshal Bokassa's foreign policy now is the search for friendship and co-operation among all peoples and nations.

    The day after the independence anniversary parade the three visiting heads of state were present at the opening of the Central African Palace - a headquarters for the Central African Customs and Economic Union in Bangui.

    SYNOPSIS: The Central African Republic's seventeenth independence anniversary parade took place in Bangui, the capital. Three neighbouring heads of state, President Albert Bernard Bongo of Gabon, President El Hadj Ahmadou Ahidjo of Cameroon and President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire were in Bangui for the anniversary.

    It was of course an important day for the Central African Republic's President Marshal Jean-Bedel Bokassa. The Central African Republic gained its independence from France in nineteen-fifty-eight.

    Marshal Bokassa came to power in a military coup ten years ago. The reasons given for the coup were profiteering and corruption even in the top ranks of the civil service and a suspicion of pro-Chinese tendency in the government. Immediately after the coup all Chinese nationals were expelled from the country and diplomatic relations with China were broken.

    One of the major aims of Marshal Bokassa's foreign policy now is the search for friendship and co-operation among all people and nations. The visiting heads of state were also in Bangui to attend the Central African Customs and Economic Union conference the following day when the Central African Palace, a headquarters for the organisation was opened during the day.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADTSBJXGMA2XEZQDF2PS4QCS3G
    Media URN:
    VLVADTSBJXGMA2XEZQDF2PS4QCS3G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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