BRAZIL: Brigadier Candidate

Brazilians celebrated a great occasion this week.

They elected a President. Not since 1930 had the people voted for a President in Brazil. The man they did not elect that time, Getulio Vargas, took office anyway—by revolution—and overstayed his leave. Now, by staging the biggest popular election in Latin American history, Brazilians had marked the end of the long dictatorship and had set the stage for a fuller democracy than any they had ever enjoyed.

Man of Legend. Win or lose, the most interesting candidate was a stern, greying airman of 49, Brigadier General Eduardo Gomes. He helped start three revolts, quell...

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