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Title:
Politically significant factions in South Vietnam
Date of Creation:
June 8, 1966
Date of Declassification:
January 12, 1996
Type of Document:
Memorandum
Level of Classification:
SECRET
Status of Copy:
ORIGINAL
Pagination, Illustration:
3 p.
Abstract:
Factional strife is almost always present in South Vietnam, where parties and groups invariably try to defeat their opponents rather than achieve a valid consensus. As the country moves uneasily toward elections, religious, political, regional, class-oriented factions are expected to make strong efforts to expand their power. Potential voting strengths can be estimated only in general terms, and few firm conclusions can be drawn. Influential coalitions have not emerged, and the prospects for truly parliamentary government with a broad base of popular support are, at best, undeveloped. The factions listed are: Buddhists, Catholics, Cao Dai, Hoa Hao, Dai Viet Party, and Quoc Dan Dang Party.
Declassified Documents Reference System Location:
1997-0025