• Short Summary

    Rhodesian premier, Ian Smith, told newsmen on Friday (30 April) that by appointing blacks to his cabinet, he had created a national coalition government which he hoped would eventually win support from the country's black majority.

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    Rhodesian premier, Ian Smith, told newsmen on Friday (30 April) that by appointing blacks to his cabinet, he had created a national coalition government which he hoped would eventually win support from the country's black majority.

    He said he thought the day would come when African ministers would have responsibility for national, as opposed to tribal, affairs and he did not rule out the possibility of black nationalist politicians joining his government.

    He devoted much of the news conference to answering questions about last week's appointment of four tribal chiefs as cabinet ministers and the introduction of three black deputy ministers, with three more to be named later.

    Mr. Smith rejected charges from Black Nationalists and Rhodesia's foreign critics that the moves are mere window-dressing. He said he had planned the appointments for more than two years, but had been dissuaded by the British government, from which Rhodesia's white minority government seized independence in 1963.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEDDR397JEAIUDC987GV38F5NH
    Media URN:
    VLVAEDDR397JEAIUDC987GV38F5NH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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