ARGENTINA: Reform Decrees

With a cheerful clanking of governmental wrenches, Revolutionary President Pedro Aramburu last week unbolted some more of the undemocratic machinery put together over a decade by ex-Dictator Juan Perón. One dramatic decree returned the famed newspaper La Prensa to its original owners. Another dissolved the strongman's Peronista Party.

Perón's party was an invaluable prop to his dictatorship. Founded in 1949 and force-fed on government funds and jobs, the party grew to 3,000,000 members. Working against divided opposition and favored by winner-take-all election laws, the Peronistas were eventually able to name...

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