URUGUAY: The People Cheered

When a democratic nation scraps democratic processes, it may be because the machinery merely needs overhauling. Uruguay's trouble was a constitutional "reform" dreamed up in 1934 to keep the Government of revolutionary President Gabriel Terra from shaking apart. The new Constitution arbitrarily gave three of nine Cabinet posts and an equal division of Senators to the leading opposition party (provided, as invariably occurs, that the two leading parties together poll a majority). This law has been a thorn in the democratically elected Government of President Alfredo Baldomir.

Led by General Luis Alberto...

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