• Short Summary

    A DRAFT CONSTITUTION CALLING FOR A FIVE-YEAR-ONE-PARTY STATE IN DAHOMEY HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE COUNTRY'S VOTERS.

  • Description

    A DRAFT CONSTITUTION CALLING FOR A FIVE-YEAR-ONE-PARTY STATE IN DAHOMEY HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE COUNTRY'S VOTERS. A REFERENDUM ON MARCH 31 DREW 846,521 VOTES FOR AND 71,695 AGAINST.

    THE ONE-PARTY STATE IDEA IS AIMED AT RETURNING THE WEST AFRICAN COUNTRY TO CIVILIAN RULE AFTER A MILITARY COUP LAST DECEMBER.

    A GOVERNMENT COMMUNIQUE SAID THE PROPOSED SINGLE PARTY FORMULA WAS ONLY ANOTHER EXPERIMENT COMING AFTER MANY OTHERS HAD BEEN TRIED AND FAILED.

    THE NEXT MOVE WILL BE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS TO BE HELD BETWEEN MAY 1 AND MAY 12. THE PRESIDENT-ELECT WILL THEN FORM THE SINGLE NATIONAL PARTY FOR LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS. DAHOMEY WAS A FRENCH TERRITORY FROM 1904 AND BECAME INDEPENDENT IN AUGUST, 1960.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEWBC5DXM5Y8AOHJBS7FAH3ZMO
    Media URN:
    VLVAEWBC5DXM5Y8AOHJBS7FAH3ZMO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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