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    WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

    The Administrator General of Namibia (South West Africa) appointed South Africa, Danie Hough, dissolved the territory's National Assembly on January 19, the day after the elected intern government resigned.

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    1. SVs & CUs OF Dirk Mudge and two colleagues at news conference (3 shots) (SOT) 2.34
    TRANSCRIPT
    MUDGE: (SEQ. 1) "We are disillusioned and we are frustrated because we got the impression that we were used as sort of a spare wheel whenever the South African government needed us we had to play a role and when they had their own ideas they tried to influence politics is this country. It is a fact that must be admitted that over the years South Africa always interfered in South West African politics. It's true. We opposed that. We did everything possible to persuade them not to interfere and to allow free political development in this country. Now you are aware of the fact that I made it known that I will advise the DTA members of the white second tier to resign, to withdraw from that government, not to participants of my colleagues as far as my resignation is concerned, they felt that we seeing as we have these second tiers and that as we have those different groups, we should co-ordinate, we should come together and decide to collectively instead of one group deciding alone and that is the reason of our decision yesterday that we appealed to those second tiers who had in mind resigning immediately not to do so immediately but only after consultation with all the other groups. We feel, and we've said it before that ethnic differences must not be overemphasised. It is true. It must not be overemphasised. It can, unfortunately, not be ignored. We will only participate in an election in future when it's a meaningful election, an election which will lead somewhere."
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    Background: WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

    The Administrator General of Namibia (South West Africa) appointed South Africa, Danie Hough, dissolved the territory's National Assembly on January 19, the day after the elected intern government resigned. Mr. Hough said he would take over all executive functions of government in the territory. The move was preceded by the resignation of the Namibian Council of Ministers, les by its chairman, Dirk Mudge, and members of his multi-racial Democratic Turnhalle Alliance. At a news conference on January 18, Mr. Mudge said his move was in protest against South African interference in Namibian affairs. He said he an his colleagues were disillusioned by the way the South African government had tried to use them. They had done their best to persuade the South African not to interfere and to allow free political development in Namibia. He said he had advised DTA members of the council's second tier not to resign until their actions could be co-ordinated. Mr. Mudge said his party would not take part in any more elections until they were meaningful. His party, which was formed with South African backing, won more than three-quarters of the seats in the 1978 elections. But these were boycotted by the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) and left wing groups, and have not been recognised by the United Nations.

    Source: SOUTH AFRICAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF38LT5G4EQ1AVWFPOF42ACXOR
    Media URN:
    VLVAF38LT5G4EQ1AVWFPOF42ACXOR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
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