CURRENT INTELLIGENCE RELATING TO NATIONAL SECURITY
ongo; Tshombe is bargaining for political office following Prime Minister Adoula's resignation. (Page 1)
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN
Congo: Prime Minister Adoula resigned yesterday, as was required when the legal mandate of hisexpired onune.
President Kasavubu, however, asked PrimeAdoula to stay in office until the two-weekreferendum is completed. The constitutional status of his government now is cloudy.
Adoulas resignation, even though pro forma, hasew spate of rumors that Tshombe' is to be named premier. [
support for Tshombe* appears
to be growing. It now seems highly probable that the former Katangan leader will beostew government even if he is not named premier. Whether he wouldesser position, however, is
At the moment, Tshombe* is trying to assume the lead role inovernment of "nationalHe is meeting with politicians of all stripes, including members of the exiled Committee of National Liberation, which he has said should be represented.
Tshombes bargaining position is strong. Southern Katanga, richest area of the Congo and the source of most of the government's revenue, still supports him, and there is little doubt that he could re-establishthere if he chose.
All UN combat troops have left the country, as scheduled.Original document.