Celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the Marxist regime in the West-African state of Benin (formerly Dahomey) were this year tinged with sadness.
1. GV ZOOM INTO SV President Kerkou and motorcade 0.26
2. GV PAN Government and military officials saluting as national anthem is played 0.36
3. CU PULL BACK TO SV/SV PULL BACK TO GV President Kerekou saluting as military band plays (2 shots) 0.52
4. GV PAN President Kerekou reviewing guard of honour 1.06
5. GV PAN/SV & LV President Kerekou laying wreath at foot of "Martyrs memorial killed on Sunday January 16, 1977 (3 shots) 1.33
6. GV/SV Plans taxiing on runway and Cuban and Benin delegation getting off plane (2 shots) 1.47
7. SV/GV Coffin of Adjo Boco Ignace being taken off plane and carried by soldiers (2 shots) 1.56
8. GV PAN Officials and dignitaries follow coffin while funeral march is played 2.04
9. CU PULL BACK TO GV/SVs Photograph of deceased with mourners congregating around coffin (3 shots) 2.18
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Background: CONTONOU, BENIN
Celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the Marxist regime in the West-African state of Benin (formerly Dahomey) were this year tinged with sadness. The country was also mourning the loss of National Assembly President Adjo Boco Ignace, a founding member of the ruling People's Revolutionary Party. On October 26, President Mathieu Kerekou, members of his government and Benin's armed forces took part in a brief ceremony held in the commercial capital Cotonou to commemorate the 1972 Revolution. Colonel Kerekou also laid a wreath at the Martyrs' Monument, erected to victims of an attempt to overthrow the regime on January 16, 1977. The following day, President Kerekou and members of his government attended Adjo Boco's funeral. An official delegation from Cuba, where Adjo Boco had recently died of a heart attack, accompanied the body of the deceased, which was returned to Benin for burial.
Source: REUTERS - M. LAWANI