A new popular National Assembly has held its inaugural session in the Malagasy Republic off the east coast of Southern Africa following the resignation of the coalition government.
GV troops outside National Assembly building.
SV Prime Minster Gustin Rakotoniaina (right) arrives an stands to attention in front of flag. (2 shot)
GV & SV President Didier Ratsiraka (right) arrives and stands to attention in front of flag. (2 shots)
GV PAN National Assembly building.
SCU Interior Members of the Supreme Council. (2 shots)
7 SCU President speaking.
SV & CU Ministers listening. (2 shots)
GV Ministers applauded.
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Background: A new popular National Assembly has held its inaugural session in the Malagasy Republic off the east coast of Southern Africa following the resignation of the coalition government. The establishment of the assembly ends a two-year transition period for the country to the 'Democratic Republic of Madagascar'.
SYNOPSIS: The old National Unity government was formed by President Didier Ratsiraka in 1975 after a referendum endorsed his plans for turning the republic into a socialist state. But last month the left-wing Monima party withdrew from the coalition because, it said, its policy did not reflect popular aspirations.
At the opening ceremony of the Popular Assembly last Thursday (28 July) President Ratsiraka announced a re-group in of the political forces of the left. He said the members of the Monima party would be welcome back on condition they agree to respect the 'working clauses' of the organisation.
Under the constitution the members of the National Assembly designated thirty six people from whom the president chooses one third of the Supreme Council of the Revolution, the state's ultimate authority. The assembly also designated representatives to the High Constitutional Court -- the final institution to be established under the country's new constitution.