South Viet Nam: Maneuvers Before Manila

Saigon's sputtering Cabinet crisis flared again last week, and in its brief glare, Premier Nguyen Cao Ky began looking like an artful Asian politician. Once again the dissident Southerners in Ky's 26-man Cabinet tendered their resignations en masse. Their aim: to undercut Northern influence in the government and solidify a Southern bloc of soldiers and civilians for next year's national elections. The seven dissidents reasoned that Ky would do anything to avoid a messy internal dispute on the eve of the Manila Conference. "The general idea," said one Southern Cabinet Minister, "was to force the government to resolve our problems...

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