EUROPE: Free & Secret

Albania's pro-Communist President, hulking, baby-faced Enver Hoxha (pronounced Hodja) knew that this week's constitutional convention election was in the bag. His 82 candidates were certain to overwhelm the 20 venturesome men who had turned up in opposition. So he permitted free and secret balloting, under a system rude but effective. It functioned admirably.

Moslem women in black, Partisan girl soldiers in British battle dress, brown-uniformed ex-guerrillas wearing red-starred caps, men in fezzes and white turbans and bright sashes around their waists trooped to the polls. Each was given a rubber ball the...

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