RHODESIA: Grim Problems for the Smiler


Violence and boycott threats mar the election campaign

His affable, jowly countenance has earned him the nickname "Smiler" Soames among Rhodesians. But the lordly Governor of Britain's last African colony has little cause for buoyancy these days. He bears responsibility for running "free and fair" elections to Zimbabwe Rhodesia's new, 100-member House of Assembly; yet many of the parties have threatened to withdraw from the balloting. He also has to hold together a shaky cease-fire amid continuing violence.

One of Lord Soames' main headaches last week was what to do about Robert...

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