South Vietnamese Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky has decided to withdraw from the presidential election in October.
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Background: South Vietnamese Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky has decided to withdraw from the presidential election in October. The announcement came at a press conference in Saigon on Monday (23 August). Vice-President Ky's decision means that President Nguyen Van Thieu is the only presidential candidate in the election.
The announcement followed a re-instatement order on Saturday (21 August) by the South Vietnamese Supreme Court. The order was a reversal of an earlier decision, which denied Mr. Ky's candidacy because of insufficient nominees. A third contender in the elections, General Duong Van "Big" Minh, withdrew after the first court decision, protesting alleged election irregularities.
In his withdrawal announcement, Vice-President Ky called on President Thieu to resign with him and leave the powers of state in the hands of the President of the Senate, Nguyen Van Huyen.
SYNOPSIS: At the Government Guest House in Saigon on Monday, Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky called a special press conference.
He announced that he has decided to withdraw from the Presidential elections in October. The Vice-President's decision came just forty-eight hours after the Supreme Court reversed its disqualification of his candidacy. A this candidate, former head of stats, General Duong Van Minh has also withdraw claiming alleged election irregularities Vice-President Ky's decision means that President Nguyen Van Thieu is the only presidential candidate.
Mr. Ky said that President Thieu's administration offered no guarantees for honest elections. He called the Presidential selection very important, "the life and death of a nation". The American Ambassador, Ellsworth Bunker, had paid a call on the Vice-President the previous day. I was the second meeting between the two men in three days. Mr. K said he had informed the Ambassador of his decision prior to the press conference.
In his announcement, the Vice-President called on President Thieu to resign with him and leave the powers of state in the hands of the President of the Senate, Nguyen Van Huyen. But he made it clear That he would not resign, unless the President resigned with him.