SOUTH AFRICA: An Avalanche for Vorster

As always, the Afrikaners drew together in a time of crisis

"As I see it, it is not a landslide. It is an avalanche."

John Vorster was right about that. Fulfilling the Prime Minister's euphoric election-night prediction, his National Party won 64.8% of the popular vote and 134 of the 165 seats in the new Parliament, an increase of 17. The moderately liberal Progressive Federal Party, supported by many English-speaking South Africans, doubled its previous support (to 16.7% of the vote), but elected only 17 members to the new Parliament. The other two English opposition groups, the conservative South African Party...

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