MEXICO: Tried & True

By his first official act—choosing his Cabinet—Mexico's new President Adolfo Lopez Mateos (TIME, Dec. 8) set a course for his administration. He put the accent on technical brilliance, shunned Yanqui-haters, seemed determined to stay on the middle road to booming development followed by his predecessor, Adolfo Ruiz Cortines.

Top names of the new Cabinet:

¶Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, 46, Secretary of Government (Interior) and Chief of Cabinet. The shrewdly capable No. 3 man at Government under Ruiz Cortines, he was hoisted to the top by Lopez Mateos.

¶Manuel Tello, 59, Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Ruiz Cortines' able Ambassador to the U.S....

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