PLANNING FOR NATIONAL CONVENTION IN AUGUST OF THE THIEU-KY UNITED POLITCAL FRON

Created: 7/22/1967

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PLANNING FOR NATIONAL CONVENTION IN AUGUST OF THE THIEU-KY UNITED POLITICAL FRONT

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1. (SUMMARY: PLANNING IS PROCEEDING FOR AN EARLY7 NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE UNITED POLITICAL FRONT IN SUPPORT OF THE THIEU-KY PRESIDENTIAL TICKET. THERE HAS BEES SOKE RELUCTANCE AMONG HOA KAO LEADERS TDFRONT" AND THE FRONT LEADERSHIP MAY ADOPT THE MORE PALATABLE WORD IN VIETNAMESE, "BLOC".)

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ofuly, planning withing the unitedwhich has been formed to support the thieu-kyticket had progressed as follows, after ma^yamong government, cao dai, vietnam nationalistand hoa hao leaders:

provisional control committee of thewas to meet onuly toe format forto front delegates' attendance at theion.

uly an appeal for members to join thewill be launched via press ano radio.will be directed towards independents and leaderssmall splinter groups.

,ational convention will be held in saigon.

front leadership expects the follouingfrom the different areas of theorps, mainly vnqdd and independentrom ii corps!romrom the eastern region;3 from the

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CaIGON METROPOLITAN AREA. IT ISATED THAT THE CONVENTION WILL COST ABOUT THREE MILLION PIASTER*OR TRANSPORTATION CHARGES TO AND FROM SAIGON AND FOR SUBSISTENCE AND MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES OF THE

A. THE ONLY PROBLEM ENCOUNTERED BY THE LEADERSHIP OF THE nONI HAS BEEN THE RELUCTANCE OF THE HOA HAO LEADERS TO AGREE TORONT (MAT TRAN) AS OPPOSEDLOC HOWEVER, THE LEADERSHIP OF THE FRONT HAS AGREEDHAJOBE IN ITS NAME TO THATLOC, WHICH WILL HAVE0 EFFECT ON THE DEGREE OF COOPERATION AMONG THE ELEMENTSHE FRONT. THE WORD "BLOC" IN VIETNAMESE LIGHTLY LESS-ORGANIZED GROUPESS INTIMATEOR MEMBERSHIPESS AGGRESSIVE APPROACH TO OVERALL OBJECTIVES.

HE MERE FACT THAT THE GOVERNMENT PARTY IS SPONSORING TXZ THO SENIOR MILITARY CANDIDAIES AS PRESIDENT AND VICE -nttSXDEHI IS NO SURE GUARANTEE FOR THIS TICKET. FOR EXAMBLE, 7KEIB ARE KANY GOVERNMENT OFFICALS IN THE MIDDLE TO UPPEROF THE VARIO'jS MINISTRIES IN THE SAIGON AREA, PARTICU-

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THOSE OF SOUTHERN ORIGIN, WHO ARE OPPOSED TO THETICKET AS REPRESENTING CENTRAL VIETNAM NORTHWELL AS GENERALLY OPPOSEDILITARIST FORM OF GOVERN-DIRECTOR GENERAL OF NATIONAL POLICE BRIGADIERLOAN'S POLICE OFFICIALS HAVE ACCEPTED HIS

INSTRUCTIONS TO SUPPORT THE THIEU-KY TICKET, BUT THEY HAVE DONE SO WITHOUT ANY PARTICULAR PERSONAL ENTHUSIASM. AS FAR AS GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE SUPPORT AT THE LOWER PROVINCIAL AND DISTRICT LEVELS IS CONCERNED, THE DEGREE OF ORGANIZED CONTROL FROM THE SAIGON LEVEL IS NOT ENOUGH TOOTE FOR THE THIEU-KY CANDIDACY IN MASSIVE PROPORTIONS. ALTHOUGH THESE EMPLOYEES CAN SE COUNTED ONERTAIN AMOUNT OF SUPPORT, THEIR ftZRE EXISTENCE AND THE FACT THAT THE GOVERN-

katrisA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AREUARANTEE OKANDIDATE'S VICTORY.

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