A new Rhodesian Parliament officially began its term of office on Tuesday (27 August) - and right from the first the problems of African nationalists and relations with neighbouring African territories dominated.
GV PAN across from military band to troops lining streets
SV PAN Smith arriving and out of car and greeted
Semi CU President Dupont arriving with wife
SV Crowds lining streets
GV Military band playing new national anthem
SV Crowds outside parliament as anthem plays
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SV and CU President Dupont reviewing guard of honour (2 shots)
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Background: A new Rhodesian Parliament officially began its term of office on Tuesday (27 August) - and right from the first the problems of African nationalists and relations with neighbouring African territories dominated.
At the opening of the new parliamentary session - following last month's general election - President Clifford Dupont declared that Rhodesia will try to establish friendly relations with whatever government comes to power in the neighbouring Portuguese Territory of Mozambique. He also made it clear that the government will continue to seek a solution to its constitutional dispute with Britain.
One of the first actions of the new government was the imposition of a ten percent income tax surcharge, mainly to meet increased costs of fighting African nationalists.
Tuesday's opening of Parliament was also notable for the introduction of Rhodesia's new national anthem - Beethoven's Ode to Joy from the Ninth Symphony. Rhodesia dropped the use of "God Save the Queen" in 1970 when it declared itself a republic.