SOUTH VIET NAM: The Non-Contest

A supremely confident President Nguyen Van Thieu went through all the motions of campaigning last week, despite the fact that his name will be the only one on the ballot when South Viet Nam's voters go to the polls on Sunday. He sipped rice wine with Montagnard tribesmen in the Central Highlands, popped up in Pleiku for a "nonpolitical" medal-pinning ceremony, and went on radio to demand of the voters: "I want to know your clear-cut attitude; either you have confidence in me or not."

In fact the only thing that appeared to unsettle him was a charge by Vice President...

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