CHILE: Two Millionaires

Chileans who fail to vote are black-listed as civic-duty dodgers and have to pay a 100-peso ($5) fine. Consequently, last week most of them turned out to vote in a typical South American election which picked a successor to stern, small-eyed President Arturo Alessandri Rodriguez, forbidden by law to succeed himself.

There were two candidates. Both were millionaires, both were machine-backed professional politicians who have long aspired to the presidency. Smallish but strongly built Candidate Gustavo Ross, who made his millions as a stockmarket operator and now annoys Chileans by keeping...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!