Puerto Rico: A Protege Disowned

PUERTO RICO

For three decades, Luis Muñoz Marin and his Popular Democratic Party presided over Puerto Rico's transformation from an impoverished Caribbean stepchild of the U.S. to a commonwealth of increasingly robust economic health. Then, in 1965, Muñoz's hand-picked successor, Roberto Sánchez Vilella, took over. Muñoz, who went into semiretirement as a senator, continued to maintain a jealous watch over the aging party that he had founded. Increasingly irked by his successor's independent ways, he and a coalition of P.D.P. leaders last week denied Sáchez nomination to a second gubernatorial term and...

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