While his country celebrated the fourth anniversary of its revolution, Libya's General Gaddafi was reported sick with influenza.
SV ZOOM in to Berguiba arriving and out of car.
GV PAN Audience clapping and chanting.
GV Colour guard and flag bearers.
MV AND CU Troops march past (2 shots)
SV Sailors march past.
CU President Bourguiba watching parade.
MV PAN Paratroopers trotting.
SV Police holding back crowd.
MV PAN Women troops march past.
CU Bourguiba applauding and speaking to military man at his side.
GV Tank passes along street.
SV Troops in front of reviewing base PAN to missile launcher (2 shots)
MV Man being carried away by Police (2 shots)
SV PAN missiles past.
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Background: While his country celebrated the fourth anniversary of its revolution, Libya's General Gaddafi was reported sick with influenza. Although he missed Saturday's (1 September) parade, he conferred with the Egyptian Deputy premier, Dr. Mohamed Abdel Kader Hatem, on Sunday (2nd September).
The two sides discussed measures announced by the Egyptian-Libyan unified command for unifying the two countries. The merger was announced after the Libyan leader had four days of talks in Cairo.
Guests of Honour at Saturday's parade was President Bourguiba of Tunisia. On display, were new additions to the Libyan Armed Forces armoury.
As a "present" to his people, President Gaddafi announced that the Libyan government had taken a 51 e cent controlling share in all oil companies operating in the country.
SYNOPSIS: President Bourguiba of Tunisia was guest of honour at Saturday's parade celebrating the fourth anniversary of Libya's revolution. Absent from Saturday's celebration was the Libyan leader General Gaddafi. The General was reported as suffering from a high temperature and influenza.
Despite his conspicuous absence, General Gaddafi gave the Libyan people a revolutionary day present - a fifty-one per cent share in all foreign-owned oil companies operating in the country. Some observers believe the General's absence was the result of a "diplomatic illness" to save him from facing the Libyan people after failing to achieve an immediate merger between Libya and Egypt.
The revolution the parade was celebrate was a bloodless one. One September 1st, 1969, a group of nationalists army officers overthrew the Libyan Monarchy.
This is the last anniversary parade Libya will celebrate as a separate nation. As a result of talks that ended last Wednesday, the country will slowly merge with Egypt. It had been hoped that the merger would have taken place on Saturday, but things ??? not work out that way.
The military display was impressive. Just about every branch of Libya's armed forces were represented, including women.
Impressive too were the new addition to Libya's armoury.
The Tunisian President seemed to be enjoying the parade, and was the only Arab Head-of-State to be there.
General Gaddafi had recovered sufficiently by Sunday to meet Egyptian leaders.
The parade did not pass without incident. The police removed at least one spectator.