Officials of the moderate Rhodesia Party, which was set up last year to oppose the Rhodesia Front government of Mr.
Officials of the moderate Rhodesia Party, which was set up last year to oppose the Rhodesia Front government of Mr. Ian Smith, were planning emergency talks on Sunday (14 October), in an attempt to heal a rift among the Party's leaders.
The split emerged on Saturday (13 October), at the first day of the Party's inaugural congress in Salisbury. The Interim Chairman Mr. Roy Ashburner and the Paty's constitutional expert Dr. Morris Hirsch said they would not serve under the Party's first President Mr. Allan Savory. Mr. Savory was the founder of the Rhodesia Party, whose platform implies eventual majority rule.
In his congress address, Mr. Aahburner said the ruling Rhodesia Front had failed the country diemelly. He said by seeking short form advantages, the Government had endangered the Europeans' position in the long term, and failed to unite all Rhodesians. Mr. Aahburner said Rhodesia had reached a political impasse.