GHANA: Design for Opponents

"Honorable members," pleaded the speaker of Ghana's Parliament in the midst of a sudden outburst of anger on the floor, "let there be harmony in this House." Ghana's legislators were debating the Emergency Powers Bill by which the increasingly highhanded government of Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah pro posed to arm itself with virtually dictatorial powers in case of a too-militant opposition. Time and again in the course of the two-week debate, shouts and catcalls, taunts and insults were hurled across the floor.

Principal champion of the bill was blustering, barrel-chested Krobo ("The Crowbar") Edusei, whose power and prestige as Nkrumah's...

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