COLOMBIA: Civilian Takes Over

Under the stained-glass dome of the Capitol in Bogotá, a Liberal intellectual with a talent for adroit political compromise became President of Colombia last week, ending five years of military rule. The tricolored sash of office flashing across his starched shirt, Dr. Alberto Lleras Camargo, 52, stood stiffly through an enthusiastic 21-gun salute that shattered a Capitol window. He listened gravely to aging (69), ailing Conservative Senate President Laureano Gómez, who struggled to his feet to read the oath of office. Lleras Camargo answered, "I swear," and democracy was back in...