• Short Summary

    IN LAGOS, THE FIRST SESSION OF PARLIAMENT SINCE NIGERIA'S GENERAL ELECTIONS IN DECEMBER OFFICIALLY OPENED ON THURSDAY BY PRESIDENT AZIKIWE.

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    IN LAGOS, THE FIRST SESSION OF PARLIAMENT SINCE NIGERIA'S GENERAL ELECTIONS IN DECEMBER OFFICIALLY OPENED ON THURSDAY BY PRESIDENT AZIKIWE.IT WAS THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE SINCE THE CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS FOLLOWING NIGERIA'S GENERAL ELECTION IN DECEMBER.

    ABOUT 300 PEOPLE GATHERED BEHIND IRON BARRICADES WATCHED THE ARRIVAL OF MEMBERS OF NIGERIA'S PARLIAMENT, INCLUDING SIR ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA, THE PRIME MINISTER.PRESIDENT AZIKIWE WAS GREETED ON HIS ARRIVAL BY THE NEWLY-APPOINTED COMMANDER OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY, MAJOR-GENERAL J.U.T.AGUIYI-IRONSI.

    PRESIDENT AZIKIWE TOOK THE SALUTE AT A MARCH PAST, AND THEN INSPECTED A GUARD OF HONOUR.THE PRESIDENT THEN LEFT TO LEAD INTO PARLIAMENT A PROCESSION OF SENATORS, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND JUDGES.

    IN HIS ADDRESS TO THE JOINT SESSION OF BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, PRESIDENT AZIKIWE SAID THE MAIN BUSINESS OF THE NEW SESSION WOULD BE TO PASS A BILL PROVIDING FOR ELECTIONS IN 55 FEDERAL CONSTITUENCIES WHERE THE DECEMBER GENERAL ELECTION DID NOT TAKE PLACE.

    (THE BILL WAS PASSED YESTERDAY - FRIDAY - BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.NIGERIA'S STORMY GENERAL ELECTIONS WERE BOYCOTTED BY ONE OF THE MAIN POLITICAL GROUPS, THE PROGRESSIVE GRAND ALLIANCE, AND THE GOVERNMENT GOT BACK WITH A BIG MAJORITY).

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    Film ID:
    VLVARO2SGCK3CXWT7QORMZK7Q41R
    Media URN:
    VLVARO2SGCK3CXWT7QORMZK7Q41R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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