PANAMA: Arnulfo Comes Back

The jaunty thin man with the toothy smile had done it again. In Panama's first presidential elections in eight years, demagogic Arnulfo Arias, now 47, had won back the presidency.

As in 1940, city masses had roused to his slogan, "Panama for the Panamanians," and given him the votes to lick Government Candidate Domingo Diaz Arosemena. But this time Arias' slogan had lost its old stridently anti-Yanqui ring. Having been bounced from power in a 1941 coup and exiled through World War II, Arnulfo now talked as though he was ready to strike a deal granting the U.S. air bases...

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