ECUADOR: Exile at Home

Before the eyes of diplomats, generals and other men of distinction gathered in Quito's ornate Sucre National Theater last week, Manhattan-born Galo Plaza Lasso took off his yellow, blue and red presidential sash. For the first time since 1924, a constitutionally elected President of Ecuador had served out his full four-year term and was passing the emblem of office to a constitutionally elected successor. The sash had fitted husky ex-Athlete (University of California) Plaza a lot better than it fitted bony Scholar (international law, political theory) Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra, Ecuador's new chief executive.

There was sharp contrast, too, in...

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