INDONESIA: On Trial

As he mounted the speaker's rostrum in Djakarta's smoke-filled House of Parliament last week, goateed Ali Sastroamidjojo looked more like a prisoner entering the dock than a Prime Minister about to make a policy statement. For once, appearances were not deceptive. Between his failure to put an end to military revolts in Sumatra and the recent withdrawal of the powerful Moslem Masjumi Party from his Cabinet, Premier Ali was indeed a man on trial.

Recognizing that anyone who wants to govern Indonesia must have the support of the army, Ali was at...

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