In a ceremony on the 5th of August in Independence Square, Ouagadougou, Upper Volta's President General Sangoule Lamizana and Prime Minister Gerard Ouedrago presented decorations to a number of prominent citizens.
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Background: In a ceremony on the 5th of August in Independence Square, Ouagadougou, Upper Volta's President General Sangoule Lamizana and Prime Minister Gerard Ouedrago presented decorations to a number of prominent citizens.
The occasion was part of the celebrations of the 11th Anniversary of Upper Volta's independence.
General Lamizana came to power through an army coup in January 1966. He led his Upper Volta Democratic Union Party to victory in elections last December, when his party gained 37 of the 57 seats in the National Assembly.
SYNOPSIS: Upper Volta's President Sangoule Lamizana attended a ceremony in Independence Square Ouagadougou, of the 5th of August, part of the celebrations of the 11th anniversary of the country's Independence. In the ceremony, some leading personalities in public life were to receive decorations from the President and Prime Minister Gerard Ouedraogo, But first President Lamizana inspected a Guard of Honour drawn up in Independence Square. The President then mat some of the dignitaries attending the ceremony. They included the President of the Supreme Court, Ministers and Government officials.
The President then said a few words The day before in an Independence Anniversary address, he had asked his people to extinguish political passions, forget their grudges, and avoid disputes and bickerings. He had called for healthy administration of public affairs, stability and order - conditions for productive work and continued financial co-operation for development. Now he was rewarding some of those who had served the country well- among the recipients of decorations were Monsieur Christopher Kalenzaga, who was made Grand Officer de L'Ordre National, Commandant Bila Zagre, Minister of Information, Monsieur Daouda Traore, Army Minister, and Monsieur Francis Lompo, Minister of Public Works. Prime Minister Gerard Ouedraogo resented a number of awards.
General Lamizana seized power in Upper Volta in January 1966, but is now a Constitutional President, He led his Democratic Union Party to victory in elections last December, when his party gained 37 of the 57 seats in the National Assembly.
Among neighbouring states who have sent their congratulations to the President and to Upper Volta on its 11th. Independence Anniversary were the leaders of Niger, Senegal and Dahomey.