Bolivia: Prepared for the Worst

Air Force General Rene Barrientos is a swinger who flies his own DC-3, likes the girls so much that until very recently he maintained two families at once. Barrientos also has the kind of charisma that wins votes, and last week he was elected in a landslide as Bolivia's 47th President.

Barrientos had been boss before: 20 months ago he overthrew a civilian President, promised that elections would follow. As the campaign began, he made it clear that he was his own favorite candidate. To improve his image he shed one of his wives, toned down his mercurial ways,...