GUINEA: No Time for Dancing

At 6:30 one morning last week, 50 Guinean maidens clad in pink robes and blue turbans gathered outside a large white house in Conakry to serenade the man who had just brought them independence. Alone among the territories of French West Africa, Guinea (pop. 2,500,000) had voted no to the new French constitution. But the young man responsible was hardly in a mood for jubilation. At a brief ceremony, Premier Sékou Touré, 36, took over as chief of government, then faced the outsized task of setting up a government for a new...