The Algerian Youth National Conference opened in Algiers on Saturday (6 January), with pledges of renewed support for the revolutionary socialist line of Algeria's late President, Houari Boumedienne.
GV Palace of Nations
GV students at entrance of Palace
SV PAN girl students arrival
SV soldiers arriving
SV students arriving (TWO SHOTS)
GV & CU students with briefcases (THREE SHOTS)
CU INTERIOR ZOOM OUT dais
SCU acting Head of State, Rabah Bitat, speaking in Arabic
GV delegates listening as Bitat speaks (SEVEN SHOTS)
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Background: The Algerian Youth National Conference opened in Algiers on Saturday (6 January), with pledges of renewed support for the revolutionary socialist line of Algeria's late President, Houari Boumedienne.
SYNOPSIS: The conference at the Palace of Nations was attended by nearly one thousand five hundred delegates from all parts of Algeria. The Youth conference is the last national gathering before the Congress of Algeria's sole political party - the National Liberation Front - which meets later this month name a successor to President Boumedienne.
The students were divided into three main working committees. Their task was the evaluate the role of the National Union of Algerian Youth - the U.N.J.A.-against the ideals of the National Charter of 1975, and the requirements of democratic representation on which President Boumedienne had insisted.
The opening session of the conference was addressed by the Acting Head of State, Mr Rabah Bitat. He told the conference that the delegates represented the country's majority and its best hope for the continuation of the revolution.
Mr Bitat said Algeria would continue to follow the Boumedienne line in foreign policy. it would remain in the Arab Resistance and Steadfastness Front, which opposes Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace talks with Israel. Algeria, he said, would also continue its support of the Polisario guerrillas in the Western Sahara.