The nineteenth anniversary of Ivory Coast independence has been celebrated with official ceremonies and a street parade in the town of Katiola, about four hundred and fifty kilometres north of the capital, Abidjan.
GV/CU Band marching past dais (2 shots)
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SV President Houphouet-Boigny and guest seated
LV Naval contingent marches past (2 shots)
LV PAN Women marching at head of civilian procession as President looks on
LV/CU Armoured cars and light tanks passing (3 shots)
SV/LV President watches as trucks pass (2 shots)
SV/GV Crowd watches as decorated floats pass (2 shots)
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Background: The nineteenth anniversary of Ivory Coast independence has been celebrated with official ceremonies and a street parade in the town of Katiola, about four hundred and fifty kilometres north of the capital, Abidjan.
SYNOPSIS: Katiola's newly-paved main street was the scene of a parade featuring marching bands and military personnel. Looking on was the head of state, President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, and a number of government officials. On the eve of the anniversary celebrations, the president ended speculation that he would retire from politics by announcing he would stand for a fourth term as president in next year's elections. In a major broadcast, the president said he would remain in his post if his health permitted, and held out the prospect of more democracy for the state.
The Ivory Coast won its independence from France in 1960 and has seen strong economic development, especially over the past five years when the gross national product exceeded five thousand million dollars. The programme for Independence day included a display of folklore dancing at Katiola's new sports stadium, a grand ball and a series of inauguration ceremonies. Many of the parade floats represented industrial and commercial enterprises undertaken since Katiola was raised in statues to a prefectural capital. Since then, livestock development schemes have doubled the local herds and sugar production is expected to soon reach fifty thousand tons per annum.