General Gaafar Mohammed Nimeiry, President of Sudan, opened on Saturday (26 January) the third National Congress of the country's sole political party, the Sudanese Socialist Union (SSU).
GV ZOOM TO SV & GV PAN President Gaafar Nimeiry on speaker's rostrum addressing delegates (2 shots)
SCU & GV Nimeiry speaking in Arabic with delegates listening (3 shots)
GV delegates applauding
SV Crowd dancing as drummer plays
GV Chanting crowd with banners
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Background: General Gaafar Mohammed Nimeiry, President of Sudan, opened on Saturday (26 January) the third National Congress of the country's sole political party, the Sudanese Socialist Union (SSU).
SYNOPSIS: The President addressed the Congress in Khartoum's Friendship Hall. He spoke of the progress and development the country has seen in the past three years, since the second Congress. Under the 1973 Constitution, executive power is vested in the President, who is nominated by the SSU.
President Nimeiry, who governs with the assistance of an appointed Council of Ministers, told the Congress that relations with neighbouring Ethiopia, strained during 1976 and 1977, are now back on a firm footing. The Sudan, which has been pursuing a policy of close political, cultural and economic co-operation with Egypt, ran into Arab opposition when it supported Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace initiatives with Israel. President Nimeiry said he was pleased to report to the Congress there is now a good relationship between the Sudan and the Arab world, while Egypt and the Sudan were working hard at keeping their close ties.
The opening day of the eight-day Congress ended with dancing in the streets and a cheering, chanting crowd.
During the daily sessions, committees planned to discuss reports made to the Congress, then resolutions and recommendations would be studied and draft resolutions prepared.