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South Vietnam / Politics #440441

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 29, 1968
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(Studio) South Vietnam government elected year ago. Report on political situation.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Thieu is able administration Security tight around palace; copter always nearby. Chief rival for power, Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky slipped from spotlight. Cabinet dominated by Southerners. Premier Tran Van Huong tries to convince people that government does care about them. 1/2 of legislature travelled abroad during summer. Militant Buddhists boycotted last election. They're split. Catholics best organization; don't vote in bloc. Alliance For Social Revolution tries to build at grass roots and identity. Instructions given. After 4 years in exile, General Duong Van ("Big") Minh returns to South Vietnam. He led revolt against President Diem in 1963. Popular with all but Catholics. Internal balance of government delicate.

Huntley, Chet;
Rich, John

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