On the eve of his triumphal comeback for a fourth term as Burma's Premier, roly-poly U Nu put on the saffron robes of a Buddhist monk and retired into a monastery outside Rangoon for four days' silent contemplation. Then, wrapped again in his traditional, pale blue longyi and looking uncommonly mellow for the rough old campaigner he is, U Nu stepped last week before a Parliament in which his Union Party had won a thumping two-thirds majority in last February's elections, and proclaimed: "We are determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past."

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