The Central African Republic's ruling Democratic Union has held its first congress in the country's capital, Bangui.
SV INTERIOR Central African Republic President David Dacko enters Congress building
GV INTERIOR Ministers seated
SV President Dacko seated
GV Members seated listening to President Dacko
CU President Dacko speaking
GV PAN OVER Congress members listening
SCU President Dacko speaking
GV PAN OVER Military officers listening
CU PAN OVER Ministers
SV President Dacko speaking and people applaud
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Background: The Central African Republic's ruling Democratic Union has held its first congress in the country's capital, Bangui. The congress was formed after the overthrow of Emperor Bokassa, in September last year (1979).
SYNOPSIS: The founder of the union, and now head of state, President David Dacko, addressed the conference attended by government and military representatives. President Dacko's forces toppled the former Emperor Bokassa, who is his cousin, in a bloodless coup while Bokassa was in the Libyan Jamarahiyah seeking aid for his country. The new president said Bokassa was ousted because of his part in the massacre of more than one hundred schoolchildren early last year (1979).
President Dacko told the gathering that the fact the congress has come about was a victory over all their enemies and all those who tried to divide the people of the Central African Republic, and bring ruin to the country. He said the congress must be a school for democracy.
The Central African Republic has recently broken diplomatic ties with the Soviet Union and the Libyan Jamarahiyah, accusing them of interfering in its internal affairs. The move came after rioting in the capital and fears about the stability of the Central African government. A statement earlier this year (1980) said the government deplored the actions of certain powers which it said were seeking to turn the republic into a theatre of dissension.