SOUTH VIET NAM: Law of the Land

By the smoky orange glow of torchlight, thousands of Vietnamese paraded through Saigon's streets last week to mark a milestone in their young nation's progress. Daily for more than three months, while the army of Premier Ngo Dinh Diem restored order to the rebel-infested countryside, 123 elected representatives (six of them women) had sat on straight backed chairs in a dingy onetime French opera house in Saigon and hammered out the republic's first constitution. Now, as the nation celebrated Diem's second anniversary as Premier, the ten-chapter constitution was finished and in his hands for approval.

Though most of...

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