In the Ivory Coast, the new National Assembly has been meeting following last month's elections.
SV and GV members enter National Assembly building (2 shots)
SV Interior. Members enter and take their seats (2 shots)
CU portrait of President Felix Houphouet-Boigny
SV members placing their vote in ballot box
SV members watch as votes are counted (three shots)
CU newly-elected President Mr Henri Konan Bedie walks to the rostrum and is embraced before he takes his seat
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Background: In the Ivory Coast, the new National Assembly has been meeting following last month's elections. Their first task was to vote for a new President of the Assembly.
SYNOPSIS: In the first round of the elections, 649 candidates contested the 147 seats in the enlarged one-party National Assembly. There was a low voter turn-out -- only 30 percent. And in spite of vigorous campaigning in the second round, the turn-out was even lower, down to 10 percent in some areas. This is in spite of an enthusiastic campaign where candidates, led by brass bands and vehicles mounted with loudspeakers, marched through the streets followed by thousands of supporters. At some stages, the Interior Ministry was compelled to ban traditional music, so as to avoid clashes between rival factions.
A portrait of Ivory coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny oversees proceedings as members place their votes. The President was re-elected for a fifth consecutive term as the country's leader on 20 October. Mr Houphouet-Boigny has helped build one of Africa's most prosperous and stable states. At 75, he has not yet nominated a successor. However, he has put to an end speculation about the future of this north-west state by saying that his successor would emerge from the team chosen to run the country.
As votes were counted Mr Henri Konan Bedie, former Minister of Finance, emerged as the new President of the National Assembly. He was widely tipped to win the post.
The new National Assembly is composed mainly of political newcomers. Only 27 of the 147 deputies elected after the second round of the poll sat in the previous parliament. Although the Ivory Coast operates on a one-party system, this shift in the make-up of the Assembly is seen as a step towards democracy. But President Houphouet-Boigny says his country is not suited to western-style democracy although this does not mean democracy does not exist, the President stresses.