Chile's Senate was in for a long spell of entertaining roars and rhetorical man-eating last week. "The Lion of Tarapaca" was back.
The Lion is thick-maned Arturo Ales-sandri, 76, Chile's most formidable orator,* and its President from 1920 to 1925 and from 1932 to 1938. Fortnight ago he was elected Senator from Talca.
Most Chileans believed that Alessandri hoped to be more than Senator. He would certainly claw and maul President Juan Antonio Rios' regime. For he had been elected in the face of all the opposition the Government could muster.
His alarmed opponents had already dreamed up a series of events...