COLOMBIA: Chairman of the Board

Tanned from a vacation at his 600-acre ranch near the Caribbean. President Gustavo Rojas Pinilla returned last week to the chilly Colombian capital of Bogota. In sunny spirits, he plunged into his work at the palace. One night, tall in a well-fitting, medal-spangled general's dress uniform, he presided with rare good humor at the annual presidential reception for the diplomatic corps.

General Rojas had a heartfelt reason for such an unaccustomed show of good will. In the past five months he has made a dizzying personal comeback. Last September his military regime was...

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