World: The Politicking Begins

Honor guards stood at attention and soldiers checked the lawns with mine detectors last week as the 117 newly elected delegates to the National Constituent Assembly solemnly strode into Saigon's freshly whitewashed onetime opera house. They were there to start the tedious task of building a nation out of the shards of war. Starched and spotless in his white dress uniform, Premier Nguyen Cao Ky solemnly listened to the strains of the Vietnamese national an them, then declared: "I wish you success and a constitution that will open an era democratic, progressive and prosperous for all the people." Nguyen Baluong,...

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