The Congo: A New, Five-Year (?) Government

Ever since May, when Moise Tshombe emerged from nationwide parliamentary elections as the most dazzling politician in the Congo, he and President Joseph Kasavubu had been locked in battle for the presidency. All the while, there was a third man in the ring —Major General Joseph Mobutu, 35, who as army commander was the only Congolese powerful enough to referee.

Last week Referee Mobutu abruptly ended the match and proclaimed him self winner and new President. While he was about it, Mobutu deposed Kasavubu, canceled the upcoming presidential election and decreed for...

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