INTRODUCTION: Against a background of economic depression, Ghana has been celebrating 24 years of independence.
LV Parade in Independence Square, Accra
CU President Limann watching
SV & GV Troops marching (2 shots)
GV Band playing
GV Armoured vehicles in parade
CU Officer saluting from armoured car, PULL BACK TO GV armoured cars in parade
SV President Limann standing at saluting base
GV Women marching past in parade
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Against a background of economic depression, Ghana has been celebrating 24 years of independence. The former British colony was once the world's third largest gold producer, but has now slipped back to tenth, in spite of massive reserves still in the ground.
SYNOPSIS: In the capital, Accra, the parade through Independence Square was watched by President Hilla Limann.
In his Independence Day speech, the President painted a gloomy picture of Ghana's economy. The country's main foreign exchange earner is cocoa, and production is down substantially. This has depressed farmers' living standards, leaving Ghana close to bankruptcy.
Ghana's unstable economy since independence in 1957 has led to three military coups. In 1979, Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings led a purge of what were described as corrupt elements. There were several executions and after new elections President Limann took power.
President Limann has pledged that his government will try to improve Ghana's position by concentrating on agriculture, gold production and the search for oil.