Puerto Rico: Plebiscite Postponed

To crown his 13 years as the man in charge of Puerto Rico, Governor Luis Mufioz Marin, 64, cherishes a hope of making permanent his Caribbean island's unique status as a U.S. commonwealth. Last July he called for a plebiscite late this year to let Puerto Rico's 2,450,000 people choose among independence, statehood or an improved variation of the commonwealth status that he invented 12 years ago as a way to get the benefits of both home rule and U.S. help.

Puerto Rico's Statehood Republican Party provides the only effective opposition there is to Mufioz' Popular Democratic Party. In the...

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