The Malagasy Republic celebrated its fourteenth anniversary of independence on Wednesday (26 June) with a determined effort to show it had shrugged off foreign domination.
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Background: The Malagasy Republic celebrated its fourteenth anniversary of independence on Wednesday (26 June) with a determined effort to show it had shrugged off foreign domination.
A 21-gun salute opened the ceremonies, followed by a march-past of the entire armed forces through the Mahamasina Stadium in the capital, Tananarive. The army's aircraft flew overhead.
The parade was watched by the largest diplomatic corps ever present on independence day, and was the highlight of a week of flag-waving. Government statements stressed that the Republic was now completely independent of France and had established relations with a number of socialist countries, including The People's Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the German Democratic Republic, North Korea and North Vietnam.
Among the foreign guests was Mrs. Nguyen Thi Binh, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam (PRG), who was in the Republic for talks with the Malagasy leader, Major-General Gabriel Ramanantsoa.
General Ramanatsoa opened Wednesday's celebrations which were scheduled to end on Friday (28 June) with sports tournaments and exhibitions of local folklore all over the island republic.
Two days earlier, General Ramanantsoa warned of some stiff internal changes. He said there was no place for egoism in the Malagasy Republic, and the Government was planning to restructure the administration of the bigger towns.