The president of Upper Volta, General Sangoule Lamizana received a massive show of support for his movement of national renewal in the capital Ouagadougou on Saturday (27 July).
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Background: The president of Upper Volta, General Sangoule Lamizana received a massive show of support for his movement of national renewal in the capital Ouagadougou on Saturday (27 July).
Thousands marched down the Champs Elysees in the capital to Independence Square to hear an address by President Lamizana on the significance of the sweeping Government changes which took place in June. Then the country's seven political parties were banned and replaced by a "Movement of National Renewal." The country will be controlled by military prefects and a new Consultative Council has been set up.
Associations of women, folklore troups, taxi-men and lorry drivers were among the groups who testified their support for the programme of renewal.
President Lamizana said the event was a lesson and a catalyst to the people of Upper Volta. It would ensure a better future for the country by helping to harnese all the energy and motivation of all the people.
The many natural difficulties which Upper Volta faced could be overcome by the genuius and hard workd of its people, said the Upper Volta leader.
President Lamizana came to power in January 1966 when the military intervened after mass demonstrations and the prospect of a general strike.
After nearly 14 years of independence Upper Volta still has a stagnant almost entirely subsistent economy. About 460,000 people migrate each year, mostly to the Ivory Coast to work on plantations. The income per head in Upper Volta is the lowest per head in West Africa and one of the lowest in the world.
SYNOPSIS: A mass demonstration in Ouagadougu, the Upper Volta capital, in support of President Sangoule Lamizana's movement for national renewal. Thousands marched down the Champs Elysee to Independence Square to hear their President. The movement of national renewal was announced by President Lamizana in June at the same time as the country's seven political parties were banned.
The new national movement will launch a programme based on the economic and social development of Upper Volta. A consultative council was set up in July under the programme to find solutions to the country's greatest problem - the southward march of the Sahara.
President Lamizana has promised there will still be room for private enterprise. The Government would however assume the right to intervene directly in "vital sectors" of the economy. Upper Volta has the lowest income per head in West Africa and one of the world's lowest.
President Lamizana who has hold power for eight years, thanked the masses for responding to the appeal of the Provisional Committee of Support for Renewal. They had shown their wholehearte support for the new direction Upper Volta was talking.
The Upper Volta leader said the success of the action would mean a better future for the people.
Upper Volta's natural difficulties could be overcome by the genius and hard work of all its people. The meeting was an overture to the celebration on August the fifth of the fourteenth anniversary of Upper Volta's independence.