South Viet Nam: With a Little Bit of Luck

After weeks of wrangling with Premier General Nguyen Khanh, the High National Council formed to reorganize South Viet Nam's government produced a provisional constitution last week. In view of the recent past, its title was reassuring: "Charter Establishing a Governmental Framework to End Legal Anomalies and Uncertainties Remaining from Saigon's Political Crisis of Late August."

The charter is hardly apt to end South Viet Nam's myriad uncertainties. Ostensibly it provides for replacing Khanh, who was overthrown by riots two months ago but has stayed on, supposedly as caretaker. The document, however, reflects another power struggle between Khanh and his old...

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