Nicaragua: Evolutionary Election

After 26 years of firm Somoza family rule, Nicaragua had someone with a different name at the head of its government last week. In much-heralded "free elections," Luis Somoza, 40, and Anastasio ("Tachito") Somoza Jr., 38, the two brothers who took over the small Central American country in 1956 after the assassination of their father, stuck to their promise that no Somoza would appear on the ballot. But the boys will have a friend in the palace. Elected President by a landslide was former Foreign Minister René Schick, 53, hand-picked choice of the Somozas' Nationalist Liberal Party.

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