ARGENTINA: Victory for the Government

President Pedro Aramburu, the glum, straightforward general who runs Argentina, last week put his plans for rebuilding his country's democracy to the test of elections—and won, but precariously. The government squeaked through to victory in balloting for an assembly that will rewrite the constitution inherited from Dictator Juan Perón, who was overthrown by Aramburu and his fellow officers. Assembly line-up in favor of the constitutional reforms: 118 to 87.

The moderate, pro-government People's Radicals drew 2,128,072 votes. Lawyer Arturo Frondizi's Intransigent Radicals, who had ardently wooed the Peronista vote, even promising to dissolve the Assembly if they gained control, trailed...

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