MEXICO: Decorous President

In Mexico City's resplendent Palace of Fine Arts, a glittering throng gathered this week to witness the inaugural ceremonies of a new President. The leaders of Mexico and the envoys of 57 foreign governments, in braid-crusted uniforms or solemn full dress, watched as a gaunt man in a plain black suit stepped forth. Adolfo Ruiz Cortines had come to take his oath as President.

He swore simply to "protect and insure protection of the Constitution." Outgoing President Miguel Alemán turned over the green, white and red sash of office. Ruiz Cortines thereupon became the 48th President of Mexico. His inauguration...

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