ECUADOR: Plaza's Pains

Galo Plaza Lasso decided not to wait any longer to find out whether he was the next President of Ecuador. An old foot ailment had begun acting up again, and his Quito doctors had not been able to make up their minds whether the trouble was rheumatism, arthritis or an allergy ("Perhaps an allergy to politics," cracked Plaza). So this week Plaza flew to New York for treatment—leaving Ecuador's ballot counters fussing for the fifth week.

New York is an old stamping ground for Plaza. As a general's disinherited son, in the depths of the depression he had sold apples...

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