In Algeria, the forty days of official mourning for the late President Houari Boumedienne has ended.
EXTERIOR GV: Palace of the People, Algiers at night.
MV INTERIOR: Chadli (white hair) seated amid FLN leaders PULL BACK TO GV.
MV PAN: Moslem priests chanting
MV: political group seated as chanting continues
MV: wreath with portrait of late President Houari Boumedienne.
CU Chadli seated PULL BACK TO GV FLN group.
GV: Moslem priests chanting as seated leaders listen (3 shots)
GVs: ceremony continues (3 shots)
On Saturday (3 February), the Algerian Government daily newspaper El Mudjahid dismissed as unfounded the Moroccan speculation that the new Algerian leadership would change its policy towards the Western Sahara. It pointed out in an editorial that the FLN party congress had 'reiterated Algeria's support for the Saharan people, and the Polisario Front's struggle for self-determination and independence.'
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Background: In Algeria, the forty days of official mourning for the late President Houari Boumedienne has ended. Members of the country's National Liberation Front (FLN) were among those who took part in ceremonies on Saturday (3 February) marking the end of the mourning.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremonies were held at the Palace of the People in Algiers. The mourners included President-elect, Colonel Benjedid Chadli, who was nominated at the recent Party Congress of the FLN.
Moslem priests chanted the closing rites as Algeria's political leaders listened. The former ruling Council of the Revolution has now been disbanded, and observers say Colonel Chadli was a compromise candidate for the Presidency.
Aged fifty, he was little known to the public, and was one of only two members of the Council to retain his army position. He acted as liaison officer between the military and the Council after President Boumedienne fell seriously ill six weeks before his death in December. However, on being confirmed as President, the Colonel is likely to become plain Monsieur benjedid Chadli, followed Algerian tradition that military men appointed to key civilian posts relinquish their rank.
In June 1964, Colonel Chadli took command of the Oran region, and a year later participated in the coup which ousted the first President Ahmen Ben Bella. he will be formally elected on Wednesday (7 February).