As You Were

Paraguay had its sixth coup in 13 months. Without firing a shot, the army kicked General Raimundo Rolón out of the presidency and supplanted him with Education Minister Felipe Molas López, a dentist.

General Rolón had lasted barely 30 days. His big mistake, after scheduling elections for April, was to invite Paraguay's thousands of political exiles to come home and vote. That was strictly contrary to the wishes of the dominant Colorado party, which ran last year's elections on a one-party basis. Colorado chieftains, who wanted to make Dentist Molas López President in April, began to suspect that Rolón was getting...

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