ARGENTINA: Elections?

President Edelmiro Farrell, front man for Argentina's militarists, stood up before the annual Army & Navy banquet last week and growled a reluctant concession. He solemnly promised to call a presidential election "before the end of the year."

Farrell's announcement may have averted a civil war in Argentina, whose political temperature has recently neared the boiling point. But critics noted the delay. Allowing three months for campaigning, the elections would come in February or March. By then, the militarists' chances might be better. They could hardly be worse than they are at present.

Last week the Radical (Centrist) Party, Argentina's biggest,...

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