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    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

    A special congress on September 10 elected Ethiopian leader Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam Secretary-General of the new Marxist-Leninist Workers' Party of Ethiopia.

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    SEPTEMBER 10
    1. GV Delegates clapping in hall. 0.05
    2. SV Banner with portraits of Marx, Engels and Lenin. 0.08
    3. SV Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu haile Mariam receiving garland of flowers. 0.18
    4. SV & CU Soviet Politburo member Gregory Romanov clapping. (2 SHOTS) 0.26
    5. GV ZOOM INTO SV Military marching up and down aisles. 0.31
    6. SV Girls in uniform marching past Mengistu. 0.37
    MUTE - MONO
    7. SVs & CUs STILLS Famine victims at time of Haile Selassie's government. (3 SHOTS) 0.50
    8. CU PULL BACK TO SV STILL Haile Selassie leaving palace. 0.56
    SOUND
    9. GV & SVs Co-operative workers weeding field. (3 SHOTS) 1.14
    10. GV & SV Street scene as bus goes by. (2 SHOTS) 1.25
    SEPTEMBER 12
    11. GV & SV Red flag and flag of Mengistu leading his people. (2 SHOTS) 1.32
    12. GV, TV & SV Parade past as Mengistu looks on. (3 SHOTS) 1.49
    13. GVs Military float going by as members of armed forces stand in formation. (3 SHOTS) 2.02
    14. GV Giant statue of Mengistu on float. 2.11
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    Background: ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

    A special congress on September 10 elected Ethiopian leader Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam Secretary-General of the new Marxist-Leninist Workers' Party of Ethiopia. The election crowned a five-day congress attended by Soviet Politburo member Gregory Romanov and other East European dignitaries as honoured guest amongst the 1700 delegates. Six members of the ruling Provisional Military Administrative Council (PMAC) and four civilians were elected to the Workers' Party politburo. The predominance of the military in the new party was said by observers to reflect the importance of the armed forces in the country as a whole. Emperor Haile Selassie was toppled ten years ago by the army end Ethiopia has since fought wars with neighbouring Somalia and faces continual rebellion by secessionists in the North. Representatives from trade unions and peasants' association found seats on the Central Committee. As Ethiopia prepared to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Emperor's fall, an exhibition was set up with photographs reminding people that then, as at present, the country was in the grip of famine, 200,000 were estimated to have died. Relief organisations say that millions of Ethiopians are dependent on famine relief now. State co-operatives have been set up by the Mengistu administration and where there is no drought they claim to have doubled agricultural production since the revolution. A military parade was held in Addis Ababa on September 12 to mark the tenth anniversary of Haile Selassie's overthrow. Mengistu and other dignitaries watched from a platform. A float featuring a giant statue of the leader was said by observers to show the extent of the personality cult fast developing around him.

    Source: REUTERS - MOHAMMED AMIN

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    Film ID:
    VLVACR2HHEKDFJFQQ34AHIR137BN8
    Media URN:
    VLVACR2HHEKDFJFQQ34AHIR137BN8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/09/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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