The Congo: Nervous at the Top

"I am a man of action, not a verbose politician," burbled Moise Tshombe. Fairly bursting with pride, Tshombe recalled that when he became Premier last July, "nothing was working and three-fourths of the country was under rebel control." Today, he beamed, "order has returned, and now the elections are terminated. Now let us all together, every Congolese, roll up our sleeves and make the great Congo into a country of happiness and prosperity."

They were the words of a winner—which Tshombe certainly was. With the voting complete at last, his Conaco electoral alliance...