President Tolbert of Liberia has told the country's army that it will always be subordinate to civil politics.
GV PAN President's car arrives at military barracks
SV Flag at half mast
SV President out of car and met by Defence Minister Williams & officers.
SV PAN Officer taking salute from the ranks
SV President & Defence Minister watch
SV Soldiers in ranks
SV President talks to soldiers.
SV PAN Officers listen
CU Chief of Staff replies to President's speech PAN TO President and both men shaking hands
GV PAN Civilians watch
SV President promoting his new aide-de-camp
GV PAN Parade
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Background: President Tolbert of Liberia has told the country's army that it will always be subordinate to civil politics. Addressing a military parade in Monrovia on Saturday (July 24) the President, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, said that the army was there to serve liberia--and not the other way round.
SYNOPSIS: President William Tolbert of Liberia, head of state since the recent death of President Tubman, visited a military camp in Monrovia on Saturday to address the officers and troops. He was met by Defence Minister Mr. Allen Williams and senior officers, and given a 21-gun salute.
The President, who is also Commander-in-Chief of Liberia's Armed Forces, told the troops on parade that they were there to serve their country--not the other way around. The Army, he said, would always be subordinate to civil politics. Replying, Chief of Staff Henry Johnson re-affirmed the Army's pledge of loyalty to President Tolbert.
During the parade President Tolbert swore in Colonel James Gibson as his new Aide-de-Camp, and promoted him to Brigadier-General at the same time.