The fourteenth anniversary of the revolution was celebrated in the Congo People's Republic on Monday (15 August).
SV: President Yhombi Opango met by Major Denis Sassou-Nguesso.
SV: President pins medal on regimental flag.
SV: youths carry picture of late President Ngouabi.
SV: Military band plays.
SV: youths marching in parade.
SV: navy marching in parade
GV: army marching in parade. (2 shots)
SV: soldiers carry picture of late President Ngouabi and banner.
SV AND GV: military students march past. (2 shots)
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Background: The fourteenth anniversary of the revolution was celebrated in the Congo People's Republic on Monday (15 August). The climax to the celebrations was the annual military parade in the capital, Brazzaville.
SYNOPSIS: Taking the salute - President Joachim Yhombi-Opango. It's the first time he's taken part in the ceremonies since he became the country's head of state. He assumed power following the assassination of Major Marien Ngouabi last March. The dead leader was remembered at this year's celebrations, as youths carried a large portrait of him.
Groups from national youth organisations, as well as the Navy and Army, were represented. The celebration marks the fourteenth anniversary of the overthrow of the country's first President, Fulbert Youlou, who assumed office following independence from France in 1960.
But political unrest continued, culminating in the intervention of the army in 1968. They immediately set up the National Council of the Revolution, headed by Major Ngouabi until his assassination. Since the country has been run by the Military Committee of the Marxist Congolese Labour Party, with Colonel Yhombi-Opango as its head. The new government has maintained the commitment to scientific socialism it made after 1963 revolution. Its main worry is to cut its huge trade deficit a job hampered by an overstaffed administration and high taxation. The new government has pledged itself to continue the policy of gradually extending public ownership in industry.