RHODESIA: End of a Chapter

Ian Smith wins big, but a new settlement plan is in trouble

"No one can deny that Rhodesians are united," said jubilant Prime Minister Ian Smith. Presumably he meant white Rhodesians only—and if so, his victory statement was right on. In what may be the last election under Rhodesia's present constitution, Smith's ruling Rhodesian Front Party won all 50 parliamentary seats reserved for the country's 268,000 whites (the 6.4 million blacks have 16) and 86% of the popular vote. The right-wing Rhodesian Action Party, which had accused Smith of preparing a "capitulation"...

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