GUATEMALA: A Test of Power

President Carlos Castillo Armas last week called on Guatemalans to go to the polls Oct. 10 and decide whether or not he should remain in power. The election call came astonishingly soon after the President's June coup against the pro-Red regime of Jacobo Arbenz. But the terms of Castillo Armas' decrees made the election practically defeat-proof.

The decrees casually dispensed with the secret ballot. Instead, to save "unnecessary paper work," voters will go before election boards and orally proclaim their choices. First they will elect members of an assembly to write a new constitution.

Only one slate, from a newly formed...

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