Among early voters in the Tananarive Municipal elections Sept 12, were President Tsiranana of Madagascar and his wife.
GV. City square.
SV. Election posters.
CU. Another election poster.
GV. People queue to vote.
SV. Women in queue.
CU. Sign 'Bureau de Vote'.
SV.INT. People collecting votes.
CU. Man voting.
SV.PAN. From Communist flag to people queueing at another voting station.
SV.INT. People voting.
SV. President Tsiranana casts his vote and shakes hands with voting officials.
SCU. Madame Tsiranana voting.
BACK V. President Tsiranana and wife leave voting station.
CU.PAN. From sign 'Bureau de Vote' to people queueing to vote.
SV.PAN. From Republic sign to people queueing to vote.
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Background: Among early voters in the Tananarive Municipal elections Sept 12, were President Tsiranana of Madagascar and his wife. Victor in the recent General Elections - his Social Democratic Party won a sweeping majority - M. Tsiranana was lending support to his candidates attempt to gain control of the capital's affairs.
Independent since July 31 this year, Madagascar - now known as the Malagasey Republic - remains a member of the French Community. President Tsiranana, known to have strong pro-French and pro-West learnings, is chiefly opposed politically bh te independent "Third Force", a coalition headed by three rival nationalist leaders. The island Republic's Communist Party - the A.K.F.M. - is still a minor party.
President Tsiranana recently said the new Government would not be formed until after the Oct 4 Senate elections. He added that M. Rabemananjara - a "Third Force" leader who was exiled after the abortive 1947 rebellion against French rule - could have a place in the Government if he wished. M. Rabemananjara returned to Madagascar this summer with M. Tsirnana's consent.