Latin America: Dangerous Deadlock

Unsettled Chile had a Congressional election last week which settled nothing. The rightists won control of the Senate by one seat. The leftist Democratic Alliance carried the Chamber of Deputies by an undependable majority of three.

The indecisive result might prove a tragedy for Chile. Her ailing President (he suffers from stomach ulcers), Juan Antonio Rios, blocked by a hostile Congress, had made little progress in curing the country's numerous ills. No. 1 problem: a soaring inflation.

Desperately, Chile needed vigorous leadership. Nitrates and copper supported her shaky economy. Both were booming now,...

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