In Sudan, thousands of people gathered in the streets of the capital, Khartoum, on Friday (25 May) to watch parades marking the tenth anniversary of the military coup which brought the country's President Jaafar Nimeiri, to power.
SCU PAN: Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri arrives and being greeted by vice-President Abu el-Basim Mohammed Ibrahim and official
GV: Scout car leading parade
GV AND CU: troops marching in parade (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN: Nimeiri salutes as troops march past
SV: paratroopers running past
SV PAN: soldier standing in Scout car salutes as he passes.
GV PAN: helicopters flying overhead and young men walking past
SCU: Nimeiri waving stick from stand.
SV: young soldiers wearing rubber shoes march past.
SV: Chinese military delegation watching parade.
SV: tribal dancers singing
SV PAN: Nimeiri, standing on top of car, driving away
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Background: In Sudan, thousands of people gathered in the streets of the capital, Khartoum, on Friday (25 May) to watch parades marking the tenth anniversary of the military coup which brought the country's President Jaafar Nimeiri, to power.
SYNOPSIS: President Nimeiri, wearing the uniform of Field Marshal, a rank to which he had been appointed the night before, arrived for the anniversary parade. Sudan, though the largest country in Africa and for the past year chair-holder of the Organisation of Africa Unity, presents a picture of stability, but it has major economic problems.
President Nimeiri took the salute as contingents from the armed forces, cultural groups and youth associations marched through the streets of Khartoum. Military delegations from Egypt, Djibouti, Nigeria, West Germany and the Libyan Jamahiriyah watched the celebrations.
The presence of the Libyan delegation was seen by observers in Khartoum as a sign of considerable improvement in relations between Sudan and the Libyan Jamahiriyah, following a period of tension. As the parade continued aircraft from the Sudanese air force took part in a ceremonial fly-past over the capital.
In a speech reviewing progress during the ten years since the revolution President Nimeiri said that Sudan's gross national product had risen almost five-fold to two point seven billion Sudanese pounds (about 6.7 billion U.S. dollars)
Despite the delebrations Sudan's economy problems remain; the country's debts total an estimated $2,000 million dollars and further loans from the International Monetary Fund are dependant on cut-backs in government spending. President Nimeiri pledged continuing support for the Palestinian cause and the struggle against racism in Africa.