Argentina: The Long Drift

When Argentina's army ousted President Arturo Illia last June, it moved with the swiftness of a rifle bullet. Congress, the supreme court and all political parties were dissolved; all state governors were dismissed; and a three-man junta was installed, headed by Provisional President Juan Carlos Ongania, 52. Then suddenly all was quiet. Week after week, the nation waited for some signs of positive leadership. But all that came were some lofty, if vague, social and economic goals, a puritanical television attack on pornography—and not much else. By last week, Ongania had not even completed his Cabinet.

If the government is drifting,...

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