August 29, 1971 : President Nguyen Van Thieu retains control of National Assembly

Introduction

President Nguyen Van Thieu retains control of the South Vietnamese National Assembly as candidates backing him sweep the opposition in the Mekong Delta, with a solid majority in the 159-member lower house. Thieu will be re-elected in October amid charges of corruption that resulted in the withdrawal of his two opponents, General Duong Van Minh and Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky. The election insured one man rule in Saigon and greatly damaged the government’s image and credibility with the South Vietnamese people.

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August 29, 1971 : President Nguyen Van Thieu retains control of National Assembly

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    August 29, 1971 : President Nguyen Van Thieu retains control of National Assembly

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  • Access Date

    December 18, 2017

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