Panama: Another Kind of Victory

By far the most celebrated candidate in Panama's 1964 congressional elections was a dashing aristocrat named Roberto ("Tito") Arias. Part of his glory was admittedly reflected: both his father and an uncle had been Presidents of Panama, and his wife was Britain's foremost ballerina, Dame Margot Fonteyn. But Tito Arias could claim his own marks as well. Twice (when his family or friends were in power) he had been his country's Ambassador to London. Twice (when opposition families were in power) he had led spectacular, quixotic plots to overthrow the government, the...

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