• Short Summary

    THE BODY OF TOGO'S FORMER PRESIDENT NICHOLAS GRUNITZKI, WHO DIED IN A PARIS HOSPITAL AFTER A ROAD ACCIDENT IN IVORY COAST, RETURNED TO ABIDJAN ON SATURDAY (4 OCT.) FOR A BRIEF STOP ON THE JOURNEY BACK TO HIS NATIVE COUNTRY.

  • Description

    THE BODY OF TOGO'S FORMER PRESIDENT NICHOLAS GRUNITZKI, WHO DIED IN A PARIS HOSPITAL AFTER A ROAD ACCIDENT IN IVORY COAST, RETURNED TO ABIDJAN ON SATURDAY (4 OCT.) FOR A BRIEF STOP ON THE JOURNEY BACK TO HIS NATIVE COUNTRY. THE TWO-HOUR STOPOVER GAVE THE IVORY COAST AUTHORITIES, AMONG THEM PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY, THE OPPORTUNITY TO PAY THEIR RESPECT TO THE DEAD LEADER.

    EX-PRESIDENT GRUNITZKI WAS FLOWN TO PARIS A WEEK AGO (25 SEP) AFTER HE SUSTAINED SEVERE HEAD INJURIES IN A ROAD ACCIDENT IN THE IVORY COAST THE PREVIOUS DAY. DESPITE AN EMERGENCY OPERATION AT THE SALPETRIERE HOSPITAL, HE DIED TWO DAYS LATER.

    MADAME HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY WAS AT ABIDJAN AIRPORT TO PAY HER RESPECTS ALONGSIDE HER HUSBAND.

    MR. GRUNITZKI, BORN IN 1913 TO A POLISH FATHER AND A TOGOLESE MOTHER, CAME TO POWER IN 1963, FOLLOWING THE ASSASSINATION OF BROTHER-IN-LAW SYLVANUS OLYMPIO, TOGO'S FIRST PRESIDENT.

    HE FELL FROM POWER FOUR YEARS LATER AS A RESULT OF A MILITARY COUP IN JANUARY 1967. SINCE THEN, HE HAD LIVED IN THE IVORY COAST WITH HIS WIFE AND SEVEN CHILDREN.

    DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, WHEN TOGO CAME UNDER THE VICHY GOVERNMENT OF FRANCE, M. GRUNITZKI ALLIED HIMSELF WITH THE FREE FRENCH OF DE GAULLE. AFTER THE WAR HE TWICE REPRESENTED TOGO IN THE FRENCH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, BUT ALTHOUGH HE LATER BECAME TOGO'S FIRST PRIME MINISTER, HE TASTED EXILE BEFORE GAINING THE PRESIDENCY.

    HE WAS DEPOSED IN A BLOODLESS COUP BY THE THEN COLONEL ETIENNE EYADEMA, THE PRESENT PRESIDENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVALZD3GJNPDZSDKNZDXG1DMS7G
    Media URN:
    VLVALZD3GJNPDZSDKNZDXG1DMS7G
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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