The World: Yugoslavia: Tito's Daring Experiment

THE moment was superbly stage-managed. Just as the chairman of Yugoslavia's Federal Assembly finished his announcement that Josip Broz Tito had been re-elected as the country's President for the sixth time, a side door was flung open. To a crescendo of applause, Tito himself stepped into the crowded marble-walled chamber. Deeply tanned, smiling broadly and dressed impeccably in a white tropical suit, he looked remarkably fit for a man of 79.

His re-election to a five-year term was a mere formality. Tito was appearing before the Assembly on a far more urgent and...

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