Guatemala: Foretaste of Trouble

Last week should have been a big occasion for Julio César Méndez Montenegro. By a vote of 35 to 19, Congress—acting in the absence of an absolute majority after the presidential elections last March—chose Méndez Guatemala's 21st President, to succeed Military Strongman Enrique Peralta on July 1. But if he felt any joy or relief, Méndez was keeping it to himself. Of more concern to him was the unhappy fact that Castro-backed terrorists were up to their old tricks again in his troubled little Caribbean nation. It was clearly a foretaste of what Méndez could expect in the future.

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