Chile: Stuck on Dead Center

Rarely had a Chilean President taken office amid such great expectations. "The whole atmosphere reflected the same spirit as F.D.R.'s first hundred days," said a Western ambassador, recalling the Nov. 3 inauguration of Eduardo Frei as Chile's 36th President.

By this week, 90 of those 100 days will have slipped away, and the excitement has died aborning. For all the high hopes, Frei has not even been able to make a start on his program to save Chile from inflation and all the other ills that plague a developing Latin American nation.

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