The new King of Morocco, Hassan II, was invested at a ceremony in Rabat, Mar 3, five days after the sudden death for his father, King Mohammed V.
SV. Crowd waiting.
FRONT V. Arrival of dignitaries.
CU. Hassan II seated on throne.
GV. Officers salute.
SV. Hassan on throne.
CU. Hassan speaks.
GV. Crowds outside.
CU. Ferhat Abbas rises.
LV. Hassan in prayer robes walks to carriage with youngest sister Layla Emmina.
SV. Abbas waiting with other officials.
SV.PAN. King and younger sister in coach.
LV. Coach towards.
CU.PAN. Coach past.
LV. Coach towards through crowd.
GV. Crowds outside mosque.
CU. Crowd waves.
CU. Praying crowd outside mosque.
SV. Crowds rise after prayer.
GV. Hassan leaves on horseback.
SV.PAN., LV. & SV. Past on horse.
SV.TOWARDS Enters Palace.
GV. Crowds and mounted guard.
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Background: The new King of Morocco, Hassan II, was invested at a ceremony in Rabat, Mar 3, five days after the sudden death for his father, King Mohammed V.
Sitting on a large golden throne - with the Algerian rebel leader Ferhat Abbas on his right and Prince Moulay Idriss, the late King's brother, on his left - Hassan II gave his first official address as sovereign. He told the assembly of government officials he would continue to pursue his father's policies; pledge himself to defend "the weak against the strong, the poor against the rich"; and appealed to the nation to remain united.
King Hassan also presided over the traditional Friday prayer ceremony, thus marking his accession to the title of "Commander of Faithful" as the country's spiritual leader.
The King's call for unity almost coincided with a communique issued by the National Union of Popular Forces, Morocco's powerful left-wing opposition. The opposition group demanded the election of a national constituent assembly and the formation of a transitional government whose main task would be to organize general elections.