LEBANON: The First Secret Ballot

Three years ago pro-Western President Camille Chamoun baldly rigged the parliamentary elections in Lebanon and brought on an insurrection by his Nasser-minded opponents. Result: U.S. troops came in, Chamoun went out, and neutralist General Fuad Chehab replaced him for a six-year term. Last week the Lebanese were in the throes of their first post-revolt election. And for the first time in the coun try's 14-year history, they enjoyed the benefit of a secret ballot.

As usual, the voting was staggered over four Sundays to permit the government to concentrate police and army on one area at a time. As usual,...

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