Ivory Coast: A Friend in Town

In the U.S. this week, for the regulation Washington round of banquets and Manhattan ticker-tape parade, is Ivory Coast's debonair President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, 56, an African nationalist whose credo is refreshingly different from the views of many other black African leaders. Colonialism, he believes, did much good in Africa, and the white man, as well as democracy, is essential to the continent's future. Said he as he got off the boat: "I am filled with emotion to arrive in this most solid democracy in the world."

What makes Houphouet-Boigny's beliefs important is...

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