The Republic of Niger celebrated its 22nd anniversary of independence on August 3.
GV Niger President, Seyni Kountche, arrives at Niamey
SV ZOOM INTO SCU President salutes Niger flag (2 shots)
SV PAN Soldiers salute an honour guard, Presidential inspection (2 shots)
SV PAN President and others
SV President plants tree
SV Other officials plant trees (3 shots)
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Background: The Republic of Niger celebrated its 22nd anniversary of independence on August 3. President Seyni Kountche arrived in Niamey, the country's capital, for the day's events. After the President had inspected a military honour guard, he and other government officials planted trees to commemorate the occasion. President Seyni Kountche came to power in 1974 after a successful coup which followed widespread civil disorder during the severed droughts the country suffered in the early 1970s. With vast uranium resources at the government's disposal, President Kountche has turned the republic of Niger into a virtually self-sufficient economy. The valuable mineral accounts for three-quarters of the country's total exports. The former French colony was listed as the fifth largest uranium producer in the non-Communist world in 1979 and, for the past two years, has had no need to import basic foodstuffs.