The World: That Other Presidential Election

A CRUCIAL event in the sequence of U.S. withdrawal from Viet Nam will take place later this year: the South Vietnamese presidential elections in October. How these elections are conducted, 13 months before the U.S. chooses its own President, will tell a great deal about the extent to which democratic institutions have begun to take root in South Viet Nam. The balloting will also offer a firm indication as to the next government's chance of survival after the Americans have gone home.

Consistent Critic. There were disturbing indications last week that President Nguyen Van Thieu and his supporters have not fully...

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