RUMANIA: God, King, and Nation

Seldom in any country does a party receiving less than 10% of the votes cast in an election have its leader proclaimed Prime Minister. Exactly that happened last week in Rumania. Week after election (TIME, Jan. 3), King Carol, hurrying down to Bucharest from his country seat near Sinaia, summoned a ELungarian-born poet-politician and instructed him to form a ministry.

So badly beaten at the polls was King Carol's subservient Premier George Tatarescu that, even though-Rumanian law allows any Government that fills 40% of the seats in the lower chamber 75% of its...

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