The Congo: The View from the Terrace

In five uproarious years of nation hood, the Congo has had four Premiers, four civil wars and two constitutions. Its politicians have denounced, arrested and exiled one another, and its government has swung wildly from left to right. All the while, President Joseph Kasavubu has neatly managed to hold onto the nation's highest office — primarily by nudging aside everyone who could have taken it away from him. Rather than lead the country, charge his critics, Kasavubu just sits on the terrace of the presidential mansion "watching the bodies of his enemies float past in the Congo River...

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