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Begin's government unsettled
An AP NewspSpecial ministers back to the six-man team that will negotiate signing a peace treaty even with a 31-year enemy."
JERUSALEM - Two years after winning an upset Israel's position. A PUBLIC opinion poll published May 18 said if elec-
election victory and despite credit for the first peace Weizman reportedly exchanged harsh words with tions were held today - one month after ratification of
treaty between Israel and an Arab state, Prime Begin at a closed meeting last Thursday, disagreeing the peace treaty with Egypt - the governing Likud
Minister Menachem Begin's government is in trouble with Begin's approach of spelling out a tough bloc - which includes the Herut Party - would
at home. The economy is a shambles, his cabinet is negotiating policy in tortuous detail. narrowly lose to the-opposition Labor Alignment,
beset by dissension and the government suffers a lack WEIZMAN AND Dayan believe Israel should open which Begin ousted after 29 successive years in office.
of public confidence. the talks with vague formulas rather than a detailed The poll of 1,200 Israelis conducted by the Public
Begin enters his third year in office faced with the plan - certain to create tension at the outset of the Opinion Research Institute showed Labor edging Likud
stern challenge of negotiating Palestinian self-rule on talks. by 29.8 per cent to 28.9 per cent.
the West Bank of Jordan River and the Gaza Strip. The Cabinet dispute and a shattering government The Central Bureau of Statistics, a government of-
DEFENSE MINISTER Ezer Weizman and Foreign report of nearly nine per cent inflation in April threw fice, reported that inflation, unless checked, would
Minister Moshe Dayan, both popular Cabinet figures, cold water on a celebrfition by Begin's Herut Party to reach a crusing 90 per cent this year, far higher than
are so upset by Begin's autonomy plan that they at first mark the May 17, 1977, election, which Israelis still call the 60per cent forecast by the treasury.
refused to take part in the talks with Egypt starting the upheaval. THE BUREAU also reported a 20 per cent leap in the
Friday. "Baldly stated, his (Begin's) government is doing a nation's foreign debt last year, up $2.8 billion to $16.5
Only a plea from others in the Cabinet and a promise poor job of government," said' the independent billion. In terms of Israel's 3.1 million population, the
that the Begin plan would be used only as a guideline Jerusalem Post in an editorial last week. "Governing foreign debt translates into nearly $5,323 per person -
and not a hard-and-fast working paper brought the two a country is an infinitely more complex affair than more than one year's average salary.
Clark heads for win in Canada
favors the Tories (Conservatives) at In the last Parliament, the Liberals
TORONTO (AP) - Canadian voters, this point." held 133 seats, the Conservatives 98,
making an historic choice for the future Trudeau was re-elected to his own New Democrats 17, Social Credit nine,
of their troubled nation, appeared to be seat in Montreal, meaning he will be and Independents five.
dumping Prime Minister Pierre Elliott returned as a member of the House of Trudeau easily won re-election to his
Trudeau in yesterday's election in Commons, if not as prime minister. personal Parliament seat in Montreal,
favor of a minority, Progressive Con- At Clark's headquarters in Spruce and his Liberals as usual were
servative government headed by 39- Grove, Alberta, an aide watching the sweeping almost all the French-
year-old Joe Clark. returns with the Conservative leader speaking province's -75 seats. But the
A mood of dejection prevailed at said Clark was "jubilant and grinning picture in Ontario province, Canada's
Trudeau's election headquarters in Ot- from ear to ear." most populous, was bleak for Xhe in-
tawa as Conservatives made inroads THE OUTCOME of Canada's election cumbents.
of a new 282-seat House of Commons
could be critical in determining
whether separatist-minded Quebec
secedes or stays within the 112-year-old
Trudeau, Liberal Party prime
minister for 11 years, said only he could
keep Canada whole. Challenger Clark,
who would become the world's
youngest major government chief, told
the voters the nation's sluggish
economy needed rescue and it was time
for a change at the top.
Returns from eastern Canada pointed
to a Clark victory. Even though his par-
ty was trailing in seats won, the Con-
servatives had cut into Liberal
strongholds and were counting on their
strength in the West to bring them
Clark through. Trudeau
into Liberal areas in Canada's eastern WITH 203 of the 282 seats decided,
provinces, especially in Ontario. The most of them in the East, the Liberals
Western vote, still out at the time, was . had won 107 seats and were leading in
expected to be heavily Conservative. the races for six. Conservatives had 80
"I WOULD think he is disappointed," seats and were leading in contests for -'/DER
Trudeau's press secretary Arnie Pat- 10. The New Democrats had 12 seats -
terson, said of the 59-year-old prime and led for three. The Social Credit
minister. "The edge undoubtedly Party won four races and led in one.h.,
African ambassador quits,
denounces Bokassa gov't
PARIS (AP) - The Central African resignation Oct. 30, but it had not been
Empire's ambassador to France, ac- acted upon. He said the reports of the
cusing his government of "having mur- April killings prompted him to step
dered its own children," resigned down and ask the French government
yesterday and announced formation of for political asylum. The ambassador
a liberation front to end repression in added he asked his government to
his country. remove him from his post as a general
Sylvestre Bangui, ambassador here in the imperial army.
for three and one-half years, supported "I am ashamed to be a part of this
reports by Amnesty International last army," he said. "It has failed. I will
week that about 100 school children never forgive it. If I had to put on that
were massacred April 18 by soldiers of uniform now, with what the army has
Emperor Bokassa I's imperial gqard. done, I would blush if I could."
"I ACCUSE the Central African Bangui called on the Central African
regime of having murdered its own Empire's imperial guard, the army,
children, endangering the future of the and police to lay down their arms and
country. You have to be without a heart return to the barracks. He said the
to murder children marching with ar- newly formed Ubangui Liberation
ms raised and shouting for the rebirth Front has no political ambitions, "but
of the Central African Republic," we will seek to obtain liberalization of
Bangui said. the regime by the pressure of the
Bangui said he submitted his people.
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