President Albert Bongo chose Mouila, regional capital of the Ngounie region of Gabon, for the celebration on the 17th August of the 11th.
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SV Members of armed forces past, President Bongo watches (4 shots)
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SV Members of youth movement past, Bongo applauds (4 shots)
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SV Members of Gabon women's union past
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Background: President Albert Bongo chose Mouila, regional capital of the Ngounie region of Gabon, for the celebration on the 17th August of the 11th. anniversary of the country's independence from France.
The President, attending the celebrations with his wife, conferred decorations on more than a hundred people, including the Archbishop of Libreville. He then took his place as guest of honour as a colourful mixed parade of service and other organisations marched past.
Gabon was a French colony from the end of the 19th century until August 17, 1960. It has enjoyed almost continuous political stability since independence, and 36 year-old President Bongo is only the second President to hold office.
SYNOPSIS: President Albert Bongo of Gabon arrives by jeep in the centre of Mouila, capital of the Ngounie region of Gabon. This was the venue chosen by the President this year for the celebration of the 11th anniversary of Gabon's independence from France. The President conferred a number of decorations on this day of celebration one of them on the Archbishop of Libreville, Monseigneur Fernand Anguils, created Commander of the National Order.
Then came the inspection by the President of the guard of honour, and his taking of the salute as guest of this proud regional capital,at the march-past. First there were the armed forces of Gabon, formerly a French colony, but since August 1960 an independent state enjoying almost continuous stability. President since independence. He took over on the death of President M'ba in 1967.
President Bongo applauded heartily as representatives of Gabon's youth movement filed past.
The President is only 36, and is constantly stressing the need for young people to develop their talents and the economy of the country.
President Bongo and his wife both take an interest in women's organisations, like the Gabon women's union. Madame Bongo recently opened a U.N. seminar on woman's role in economic life. All in all, Mouila did this independence occasion proud, ushering Gabon hopefully into continuing prosperity under one of the youngest and most able Presidents in Africa.