CONGO: President's Week

For two weeks the Congo's pro-Western President Joseph Kasavubu had been cooling his heels in a Manhattan hotel room, waiting for the U.N. General Assembly to decide whether to give him the Congo's seat over the violent objections of his prime foe—erratic, mischief-making Patrice Lumumba. When the matter finally came up before the Assembly last week, Ghana led the fight for Lumumba, proposed a motion to adjourn the debate without even considering Kasavubu's case.

Harried Joseph Kasavubu had behind him not only the Western bloc but a new factor in U.N. politics—tribal ties. Cassock-clad Abbé Fulbert Youlou, the President...

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