South Viet Nam: Return of Lotus Blossom

Three years ago, when South Viet Nam elected the first Senate under its new constitution, it was highly questionable whether the new political system would survive long enough for a second election. This week, as three-quarters of the nation's 6.6 million eligible voters were expected to go to the polls to fill half of those 60 Senate seats, the mechanics of representative government seemed to be working to an encouraging if still limited degree.

The 2½-week campaign has been the most trouble-free in South Viet Nam's political history. Each of the 16 separate slates, mostly shaky coalitions patched together for the...

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