World: Southern Comfort

Premier Nguyen Cao Ky moved last week to cool the month-old simmering crisis in his Cabinet. The feud was sparked by the Cabinet's southerners, who resent the fact that most of the top jobs in Saigon and within the government and army are held by North Vietnamese-born refugees from Communism like Ky himself. Skillfully de-escalating the crisis, Ky used earnest pleas for unity to placate most of the seven Cabinet ministers who originally petitioned him to resign. In the end, only four finally left the Cabinet.

Shuffling jobs as well as men, Ky last week defused the issue still further by appointing...

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