CHILE: President Anonymous

Before he was fairly settled in Santiago's grey Casa Moneda, Chile's new Acting President Geronimo Mendez had ?n important visitor. Out of a borrowed Lufthansa plane at Santiago airport one day last week stepped Brazil's smart, dapper Foreign Minister Oswaldo Aranha, all primed to talk commercial treaties. He had left Rio expecting to confer with President Pedro Aguirre Cerda, had learned of Don Tinto's temporary retirement (TIME, Nov. 17) while en route.

Though the treaties themselves were not particularly important, it seemed likely that the first act of Acting President Mendez' official life might be very important indeed. Minister Aranha...

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