MEXICO: No Imposition

Ex-President Lázaro Cárdenas last week announced his intention of resigning as Minister of National Defense. He said that after leaving office, he intended to return to his farm. The press made the obvious comparisons with Rome's Cincinnatus.

But this Cincinnatus, gesturing plough-ward, sent Mexican politics into a storm of conjecture. As long as Cárdenas stayed in the Cabinet of President Manuel Avila Camacho, he would be endorsing the Administration and its political machine. Outside, ploughing or not, he would be free to throw his weight around in next year's presidential election.


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