Argentina: Down on His Luck

By longstanding custom, when a Latin American head of state is overthrown, he is either tossed into prison or hustled into exile, where he can live on the money that, most probably, he has stashed away while in office. But last June, when General Juan Carlos Onganía and his military supporters ousted Argentina's President Arturo Umberto Illia, they did not bother with such formalities. Judging the mild-mannered, scrupulously honest, onetime country doctor to be no threat to them, the soldiers simply told him to go home. Trouble was, Illia had no home.

He could not return to his home town...

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