President Jeafar El-Nimeiry officially accepted the selection of Mr. Abil Alier as President of the?
GV EXTERIOR Assembly building
ST INTERIOR Seated at table Clerk of Assembly, Speaker, Secretary.
SCU Ballot papers being distribute
CU PAN Speaker and Secretary
SV Member nominating Mr. Alier from floor of Assembly
SV Members applaud
GV EXTERIOR president nimeiry's juba residence
CU Nimeiry at desk
CU PAN FORM hand on besk up to Mr. Alier taking oath
SCU Mr. Alier shaking hands with President and others
AV & LV Crowd around bridge (2 shots)
CU Sign 'Nimerity Bridge'
SV & CU Crowd around President Amin and Nimeiry as they arrive together (2 shots)
LV Bridge with people on it
GV Nimeiry and Amin walk to ribbon and Nimeiry cuts it
SV & CU Dancers
SV Nimeiry and Amin join in the dancing
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Background: President Jeafar El-Nimeiry officially accepted the selection of Mr. Abil Alier as President of the Southern Region Governing Council in Juba, southern Sudan, on Saturday (December 15th). The Council is the main prep of the self- government granted to the predominantly Christian south after the sixteen-year civil war with the Arab north ended early last year.
Mr. Alier was elected by the members of the Regional Council. Mr. Alier, who is also Sudanese Vice-President, hand been appointed when the council was set up in March 1972, but this was the first time he had been officially elected. President Nimeiry, who was visiting Juba, later received Mr. Alier and the council speaker, Mr. Lomari Lumba. In his presence, Mr. Alier took the oath of office.
The following day President Nimeiry officially opened a bridge at Kaja on the Sudan-Uganda border in the company of Ugandan President Idi Amin. The bridge has been named Nimeiry Bridge. After the President had cut the ribbon, he and President Amin joined in some traditional dancing. A large crowd attended the ceremony.
Sudan's transport links with Uganda are particularly vital since they are the main route for relief supplies to the south. The war left hundreds of thousands of refugees and a massive relief operation is still under way. Many of the supplies come through Uganda from the Kenyan port of Mombasa.