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    A military display, witnessed by several Africans Heads of State including Uganda's President Idi Amin, marked the tenth anniversary of President Mobutu Sese Seko's assumption of power in Kinshasa, Zaire on Tuesday (25 November).

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    A military display, witnessed by several Africans Heads of State including Uganda's President Idi Amin, marked the tenth anniversary of President Mobutu Sese Seko's assumption of power in Kinshasa, Zaire on Tuesday (25 November).

    The official celebrations began with a Presidential motorcade and it was followed by a march past of troops, tanks and armoured cars.

    President Mobutu overthrew Joseph Kassavubu to take power of then Congo on 24 November, 1965.

    Apart from President Amin, the Presidents of Senghor, Mauritania, Burundi and Togo were also on the official rostrum to review the impressive march past and a fly-over by the Zaire air force jets.

    Discipline, reconciliation, economic development and "African authenticity" have been President Mobutu's main policies. His African nationalism led him to change the name of his country from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Zaire; it led him to re-name the principal cities and to adopt the name Sese Seko (all powerful warrior).

    He was elected to a seven year term of Presidency in 1970 and has remained firmly in control despite an abortive coup last June.

    In an official anniversary speech on Tuesday, President Mobutu highlighted the bitter struggle for power in neighbouring Angola.

    He denounced "the dealers in ideologies who transform a domestic quarrel into a civil war".

    He said these ideologies were inspired "essentially by anti-black racism and imperialist policy against Africa".

    SYNOPSIS: A Presidential motorcade heralded the start of official celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of President Mobutu's assumption of power in Kinshasa, zaire, on Tuesday.

    President Mobutu Sese Seko overthrew Joseph Kassavubu to assume control of the then Democratic Republic of the Congo on November twenty-fourth, 1965. He has been firmly in control ever since despite an abortive coup last June.

    A number of African Heads of State were in Kinshasa for the celebrations and it's believed they will discuss the bloody fighting in neighbouring Angola during their stay.

    Visiting dignitaries included Ugandan President Idi Amin, Mauritanian President Ould Daddah, President Senghor of Senegal and the Presidents of Gabon, Togo and Burundi.

    Discipline, reconciliation, economic development and "African authenticity" have been President Mobutu's main policies in his ten years in power. His African nationalism led him to change the name of his country from the Congo to Zaire; re-name the country's principal cities and to adopt the name of Sese Seko (all powerful warrior).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEBG66YH2HZYSWSZ3F60JLDCX9
    Media URN:
    VLVAEBG66YH2HZYSWSZ3F60JLDCX9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
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