Latin America: Election Weariness

Three elections in two months were one too many for the Guatemalans. Only 56,000 (one-fifth of those who voted in the presidential elections) turned out to choose members for a constituyente (constitutional convention) which will draft a new constitution for the country. Some Guatemalans had no idea what a constituyente was. Besides, even under the tyrannical rule of Dictator Jorge Ubico, they had had a constitution—one "so beautiful that it would make you weep." They felt that what they needed was a president who would treat them right. Most Guatemalans (even the distrustful...

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