President Sangoule Lamizana, Prime Minister Gerard Ouedraogo, and other leading Upper Volta personalities attended a military parade in Ouagadougou on November 2 in celebration of the tenth Anniversary of the National Army.
LV President arrives
SV President salutes flag
SV Crowd watching
GV Premier arrives and shakes hands with dignitaries
GV President reviews troops (2 shots)
SV President shakes hands with troops
GV Crowd watching
CU President speaks
CU President presents awards to troops
SV Dignitaries watching.
SV Army Minister talks to soldiers
SV Parade (2 shots)
SV President, Prime Minister and Army Minister watching.
GV Parade past
PRESIDENT LAMIZANA ARRIVING FOR PARADE: PRESIDENT REVIEWING TROOPS, PRESENTING AWARDS: ARMY MINISTER MEETING TROOPS: MARCH PAST OF SOLDIERS.
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Background: President Sangoule Lamizana, Prime Minister Gerard Ouedraogo, and other leading Upper Volta personalities attended a military parade in Ouagadougou on November 2 in celebration of the tenth Anniversary of the National Army.
The army seized power in Upper Volta in January 1966, when Lieutenant-Colonel Lamizana, now a General and President, formed a government after President Maurice Yameogo had been deposed.
SYNOPSIS: President Sangoule Lamizana of Upper Volta on the 2nd. of November attended a military parade at Ouagadougou to celebrate the tenth Anniversary of the founding of the National Army.
Other leading Upper Volta personalities present were Prime Minister Gerard Kango Ouedraogo, the President of the National Assembly, the President of the Supreme Court, members of the Government and foreign diplomats.
After the singing of the National anthem, the ceremony began with the reviewing of the Upper Volta troops by President Lamizana, himself a former Lieutenant Colonel in the army, and now a General. General Lamizana took power at the head of a military regime in January 1966, after mass demonstrations and the prospect of a General Strike against the regime of President Maurice Yameogo. The new Government pressed ahead with austerity measures in the next few years, improving a poor budgetary position.
In his speech at the anniversary ceremony, Army Minister M. Daouda Traore paid tribute to the Army for having taken on a role for which it had not been specially prepared. It was thanks to the army's leaders being willing to take on this supplementary task that it now enjoyed such prestige. The soldiers on parade in January 3rd. Square should know their efforts had not been in vain. By their competence and disciplined fidelity, he said, they had acquired the confidence of the Upper Volta people.