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    SAIGON'S DIEN HONG PALACE WAS CROWDED WITH NEWSMEN ON OCTOBER 31 WHEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HIGH NATIONAL COUNCIL, MR.

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    SAIGON'S DIEN HONG PALACE WAS CROWDED WITH NEWSMEN ON OCTOBER 31 WHEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HIGH NATIONAL COUNCIL, MR. NGUYEN XUAN CHU, INTRODUCED MR TRAN VAN HUONG, FORMER MAYOR OF SAIGON AS THE NEW SOUTH VIETNAMESE PRIME MINISTER. OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS ALSO PRESENT.

    MR. HUONG SPEAKS FRENCH AND VIETNAMESE BUT NO ENGLISH. HE IS BEST KNOWN TO THE VIETNAMESE AS THE BICYCLE-RIDING MAYOR OF SAIGON WHO QUIT HIS POST AFTER DISAGREEING WITH PRESIDENT NGO DINH DIEM AND LATER WAS TRIED FOR OPPOSING DIEM. A TEACHER AND SCHOOL INSPECTOR BY PROFESSION, HE RECENTLY BECAME MAYOR FOR THE SECOND TIME AT THE REQUEST OF PRIME MINISTER, MAJOR GENERAL NGUYEN KHANH.

    MR. HUONG WHO WAS ELECTED PRIME MINISTER ON OCTOBER 31, IS CURRENTLY CONSULTING POLITICAL ASSOCIATES ABOUT THE FORMATION OF A CABINET.

    BORN IN DECEMBER 1903, MR. HUONG, SON OF A POOR FAMILY IN VINH LONG PROVINCE, IN THE MEKONG DELTA 75 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SAIGON, STUDIED IN HANOI, CAPITAL OF COMMUNIST NORTH VIETNAM, AND LATER TAUGHT FRENCH AND VIETNAMESE AT A HIGH SCHOOL IN THE DELTA BEFORE BECOMING AN INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS.

    HE HELD SECRETARIAL POSITIONS IN SAIGON UNTIL NOVEMBER 1960 WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED BY DIEM FOR HAVING BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CARAVELLIST GROUP WHICH SIGNED A POLITICAL MANIFESTO AGAINST THE PRESIDENT EARLIER IN THE YEAR. HE WAS BROUGHT TO TRIAL IN 1963 WITH THE OTHER CARAVELLISTS -- INCLUDING THE PRESENT CHIEF OF STATE, MR. PHAN KHAC SUU. ALL WERE ACQUITTED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7SW8DRZ2SSSBQTHNFHCPGFLJ6
    Media URN:
    VLVA7SW8DRZ2SSSBQTHNFHCPGFLJ6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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