GUATEMALA: Third Term

Jorge Ubico comes close to being all things to all Guatemalans. He is a radio enthusiast, an amateur photographer, a gadget lover, a motorcyclist, a general in the Army, the official Father of his Country and President of Guatemala. Handsome, ice-eyed President Ubico has proved to his own and most people's satisfaction that he is an able, if high-handed, executive who has halved the national debt, constructed many a road and public building.

President Ubico is a cautious caudillo. Elected in 1931 for a six-year term, in 1935 he nervously insisted on a plebiscite which abrogated the constitutional provision against...

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