Algeria: Ben Bellism

Algeria's Premier Ahmed ben Bella is moving ever closer to complete one-man rule. Last week venerable, ailing ex-Premier Ferhat Abbas, 63, quit his post as Speaker of the Assembly and handed out a 15-page critique of the government. He was chiefly upset because Ben Bella keeps ignoring the Assembly, even read the country's new, strongly centralized constitution to a meeting of his own followers at an Algiers movie theater before submitting it to the Deputies. Asked Abbas: "Why should we agree to a constitution that has been prostituted in a cinema?" Abbas conceded that Ben Bella's regime is not going...

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