• Short Summary

    Yugoslav Communist Party delegates began their Tenth Congress in the capital, Belgrade, on Monday (27 May) with a report from President Tito declaring that he would fight to defend Yugoslavia's independence.

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    Yugoslav Communist Party delegates began their Tenth Congress in the capital, Belgrade, on Monday (27 May) with a report from President Tito declaring that he would fight to defend Yugoslavia's independence.

    He told the delegates -- numbering over 1,000 -- that the Party must continue to close its ranks in order to safeguard the country's independence.

    At 82, the President looked fit and robust. He has not named a successor. But one of his closest aides, Mr. Edvard Kardelj, is tipped to assume his mantle if President Tito retires, or when he dies.

    Mr. Kardelj is a member of the nine-man Presidency -- the most powerful body under the new system of reformed government which is beginning to emerge. The President's successor is to be drawn from the collective Presidency in rotation. Another of Tito's close aides, Mr. Vladimir Bakaris is also a member of the Presidency.

    Mr. Kardelj's pre-eminence was again confirmed at the Congress, where he was acclaimed Chairman of the session, Later, in an address, Mr. Kardelj criticised multi-national companies for "perpetuating the system of capitalist exploitation of poor countries."
    The congress opened in an ultra-modern sports hall close to the River Danube. Marx, Angels and Lenin, fathers of the Communist Revolution, stared down from huge portraits over the stage. A Soviet delegation was warmly applauded. It was one of ninety foreign delegations (including several from Africa) which were invited.

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    Film ID:
    VLVALSOETLV5L16X27OFERD01NEG
    Media URN:
    VLVALSOETLV5L16X27OFERD01NEG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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