ECUADOR: Man with His Pants Off

"The people of Ecuador," said Senator-elect Galo Plaza Lasso, 41, "are tired of traditional parties. That's why they voted for us."

Debonair Galo Plaza and his "Democratic Civic Movement" had won an unexpected victory in last week's congressional elections. Organized just three weeks ago, running only in Quito, Ecuador's newest party had racked up a two-thirds majority, elected two Senators and picked off four out of Quito's five Deputies' seats. The Conservatives, hitherto dominant in the capital, were routed. Jubilantly, the new coalition of liberals, leftists and anticlericals set their sights for...

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