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South Vietnam / Minh Candidacy Withdrawal #218744

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 20, 1971
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(Studio) General Duong Van Minh withdraws from South Vietnam presidential race, leaving President Nguyen Van Thieu unopposed; Minh charges race rigged.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Saigon, South Vietnam) South Vietnam Supreme Court postpones final decision on allowing South Vietnam Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky to run until tomorrow; pressure from United States Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker may cause Thieu to influence Supreme Court to allow Ky's candidacy.
REPORTER: Peter Kalischer

(Studio) State Department reacts to Minh withdrawal.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) State Department officials disappointed Bunker unable to persuade Minh to remain candidate; following Minh withdrawal, Bunker informs President Thieu of possibility of 10% reduction in United States economic aid; officials believe US can realistically do little to influence Thieu.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Final rites for disabled South Vietnam war veteran as much political event as funeral.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Saigon, South Vietnam) South Vietnam veteran burned self in protest of President Thieu's maneuvering to keep Vice President Ky off ballot; film shows Vice President Ky, students and vets. in funeral procession.
REPORTER: Bruce Dunning

Dunning, Bruce;
Kalb, Marvin;
Kalischer, Peter;
Mudd, Roger

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