BRAZIL: Democracy by Decree

Brazilian newspapermen had waited seven years for a collective interview with their Dictator-President, Dr. Getulio Dornelles Vargas. Last week, in Brazil's summer capital, over 100 reporters and editors jampacked a small, ornate salon, waiting patiently to question Dr. Vargas about the "Additional Act" — his brand-new constitutional amendment.

Scowling and uncomfortable — as he has had reason to be since he gave the Brazilian press its freedom last fortnight—the longtime (4-year) dictator entered the room. As flashbulbs popped and movie cameras whirred, the well-publicized Vargas grin erased the scowl. Vargas, in answer to persistent queries, 1) said elections would...

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