President Philibert Tsiranana on Saturday (26 June) took the salute at a military parade marking the 11th anniversary of Madagascar's independence from France.
President Philibert Tsiranana on Saturday (26 June) took the salute at a military parade marking the 11th anniversary of Madagascar's independence from France. High Government officials, including the country's four Vice-Presidents, and members of the foreign diplomatic corps also attended the ceremony.
Large crowds watched the military parades and the fly-past in the capital city, while on other parts of the island the people celebrated the national day.
SYNOPSIS: Madagascar's President philibert Tsiranana arrived at the official stand set up on Tananarive's Independence Avenue on Saturday to attend the military parade marking the country's eleventh anniversary of independence from France.
Among the many official present were the four Vice-Presidents of Madagascar and army official General Ramanantsoa...Chief of Staff for Madagascar's armed forces. The officials watched a march-past by officer cadets....they are reckoned to be among the finest army material in the country.
As some of the Madagascar paratroopers marched past, the French military chiefs present at the ceremony took the salute. There were celebrations going on all over the island on Saturday, but the military parade was the main attraction.
Officials had earlier feared that the cool weather would spoil the parade, but the crowds turned out in force to watch the cavalry, and the display of mechanisation in the armed forces. The flypast by the Madagascar Air Force was a great attraction.
The parade came at a time when the recent crisis affecting the country had left the people in a relatively apathetic mood. The general feeling after the parade was, however, that the country can look forward to a secure future after a period of unrest that will ultimately strengthen the very basis of independence.