• Short Summary

    THE PRESIDENT OF DAHOMEY, LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALPHONSE ALLEY, MADE HIS FIRST OFFICIAL APPEARANCE IN COTONOU AS THE COUNTRY'S LEADER LAST SUNDAY (DECEMBER 31).

  • Description

    THE PRESIDENT OF DAHOMEY, LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALPHONSE ALLEY, MADE HIS FIRST OFFICIAL APPEARANCE IN COTONOU AS THE COUNTRY'S LEADER LAST SUNDAY (DECEMBER 31). HE WAS PRESENT AT THE TRADITIONAL PRESENTATION OF GOOD WISHES TO THE PRESIDENT, HELD IN DAHOMEY EACH YEAR.

    COLONEL ALLEY SAID THAT THE MILITARY REGIME WHICH TOOK OVER THE COUNTRY ON DECEMBER 17 WOULD STAY IN POWER SO LONG AS WAS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. HE SAID THAT ONCE THE COUNTRY HAD RETURNED TO A "NORMAL COURSE" THE SOLDIERS WOULD RETURN TO THEIR SOLDIER'S JOB. THE PRESIDENT STATED THAT THE COUNTRY NEEDED NEW METHODS AND NEW IDEAS TO OVERCOME THE SERIOUS ECONOMIC PROBLEMS WHICH HAD AFFLICTED DAHOMEY SINCE INDEPENDENCE EVEN YEARS AGO. HE SAID THE NEW REGIME HAD PROMISED ELECTIONS LEADING TO CIVILIAN RULE WITHIN SIX MONTHS AND ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD KEEP THIS PROMISE.

    DAHOMEY'S BALANCE OF PAYMENTS DEFICIT AND A CUT OF 25 PER CENT IN ALL SALARIES LED TO DECEMBER'S MILITARY COUP AGAINST PRESIDENT SOGLO, WHO HAD HIMSELF COME TO POWER AFTER A COUP TWO YEARS AGO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF3GH1ISI0Z165YTCNHEGUJGXR
    Media URN:
    VLVAF3GH1ISI0Z165YTCNHEGUJGXR
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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