General Nimeiry was sworn in or Tuesday (October 12) as the Sudan's first President since it gained its independence in 1956.
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LV Nimeiry arrives by car
SV Children wave as Nimeiry leaves car and enters building (3 shots)
LV INT Ministers and Nimeiry seated
SV & CU Minister Awadella speaks (2 shots)
SV Others listen
SV & CU Nimeiry takes oath on the Koran (2 shots)
SV Others watch as Nimeiry embraces other army officers (2 shots)
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Background: General Nimeiry was sworn in or Tuesday (October 12) as the Sudan's first President since it gained its independence in 1956. The ceremony took place in the People's Hall in Khartoum before 500 dignitaries including Cabinet ministers, members of the Revolutionary Command Council, and businessmen. Following the oath-taking, President Nimeiry dissolved both the Cabinet and the Council, and took all executive responsibilities himself until such time as a new Cabinet is formed.
SYNOPSIS: Sudan--and the swearing in of General Jaafar El-Nimeiry as the country's first President since it gained its independence from Britain and Egypt in 1956. The ceremony took place on Tuesday in the People's Hall in Khartoum, the country's capital, before an audience of 500 businessmen, Cabinet ministers, and members of the ruling Revolutionary Command Council.
The Command Council Vice-President, Bibaker Awadella, delivered a speech before the oath-taking. General Nimeiry, Head of State and Prime Minister since 1969, was earlier this month voted President in a one-man election, and immediately following the Presidential oath-taking he dissolved the Cabinet and the eight-man Command Council. He has taken all ruling responsibilities himself until a new Cabinet is formed.