MEXICO: Private Citizen

After six years as President of Mexico, Miguel Alemán was still much too active at 50 to retire to the somnolent dignity of elder-statesmanship. As a private citizen jealous of his privacy, Alemán left the capital to live on his ranches in northern Mexico. An office was set up in his name in Mexico City, but it had the hushed calm of a mortuary. His real business affairs were apparently being conducted in seemly privacy by close associates whom he had raised to wealth and power. Except for an occasional speech, the ex-President dropped out of the news.

But last week...

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