Tunisia: Double Jeopardy

As a dedicated Tunisian nationalist, President Habib Bourguiba, 59, is a popular hero to most of the millions who have followed him since independence was won in 1956. But Bourguiba also has his deadly enemies. Last week a determined group of the latter almost succeeded in assassinating Tunisia's stocky chieftain.

The plotters actually made two attempts on Bourguiba's life. The first try failed on Dec. 15 because Bourguiba did not spend the night at his Presidential Palace at Carthage, near Tunis. The plotters next laid their plans for midnight. Dec. 21, and even...

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