LAOS: Phoui to the Communists

Although Laos had been a month without a government, a Laotian official explained: "We have a proverb which says, 'Do Not Hurry,' so the formation of a new government will probably take some time." Last week Laotian Deputies finally got around to confirming a new Premier, and he seemed to be worth waiting for.

Phoui Sananikone, 54, whose 6-ft. height makes him giant-sized for Laos, is a muscular, quick-witted politician who in World War II was his country's deputy commander of anti-Japanese partisans. A firm friend of the West, Phoui served as Foreign...

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