In Senegal, President Leopold Senghor, who has pioneered extensive political reforms, has been presented with the first edition of a new French book on revolutionaries in a small ceremony in the capital, Dakar, on Wednesday (4 January).
GV Socialist Party headquarters in Dakar.
SV Socialist Party sign on building.
SV Prime Minister Abdou Diouf arrives.
SV President Leopold Senghor arrives and is greeted by M. Roland de Boistel and they walk to building. (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR Audience seated.
SCU President Senghor (left) and Mr. Diouf (right) seated.
SV M. de Boistel speaking PAN TO audience listening.
SV M. Boistel presents book to President Senghor as audience watches. (3 shots)
SV President Senghor speaking.
SV Audience applaud
Senegal, a former French colony, became a self-governing member of the French community in 1958, it joined the former French Sudan to form the Mali Federation which became fully independent in 1960, but was dissolved two months later. The Independent Republic of Senegal was proclaimed with Leopold Senghor as its first President. Since winning a sweeping election victory in 1964, the ruling Union Progressiste Senegalaise ruled as the only political party until reforms which began in 1974 with the formation of a legal opposition. In 1976 there were more reforms and the number of political parties was fixed at three. At the last elections, the ruling party, now re-named the Socialist Party, again gained a sweeping majority. Elections are due to be held again this year.
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Background: In Senegal, President Leopold Senghor, who has pioneered extensive political reforms, has been presented with the first edition of a new French book on revolutionaries in a small ceremony in the capital, Dakar, on Wednesday (4 January).
SYNOPSIS: The presentation took place at the headquarters of the recently re-named ruling Socialist Party and was attended by Prime Minister Abdou Diouf and other ministers.
President Senghor, who was greeted by M. Roland de Boistel, head of the firm which published the book "The Great Revolutionaries", has implemented sweeping political reforms in Senegal. He has introduced a controlled, three-party system. Two other parties have been formed and elections are due this year.
The book includes sections on major figures in Senegal's own development as an independent socialist state alongside pieces on such revolutionaries as Karl Marx, Chairman Mao and Che Guevara. Before making the presentation, M. Boistel praised President Senghor as an excellent example of a Socialist in power who has tried to involve the nation in the socialist life.
After receiving the book the President said the gift honoured not only his own efforts, but those of the whole Senegalese People.