MEXICO: On the Mark

Down Mexico City's broad Paseo de la Reforma swept a noisy mob: partisans of Presidential Candidate Miguel Aleman. On their shoulders they bore a black coffin emblazoned in big white letters with the name of former Foreign Minister Ezequiel Padilla, new and rival entry in the Mexican Presidential campaign. Before Alemán's mansion headquarters the paraders stopped, lowered the coffin. Then they set it on fire. With elections still ten months away, the shouting had already begun. Said cynical observers of Mexico's politics: the shooting may be expected momentarily.

Because he already had the...

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