The World: The Trials of Ngo Cong Duc

South Viet Nam's presidential campaign overshadowed another important election this week. Vietnamese voters went to the polls to select from among 1,297 candidates the 159 who will sit in the House of Representatives. Patterned after the U.S. House, Viet Nam's lower chamber originates the nation's legislation and, with a two-thirds majority, could override a presidential veto.

Until now, the House has always been pro-government by about a 2-1 margin. The makeup is likely to be much the same after this week's ballots are counted. However, significant antigovernment blocs have begun to coalesce,...

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