ECUADOR: Spellbinder's Return

"Give me a balcony in each town ind I shall take possession of Ecuador," Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra once cried from exile. Last week, having harangued the country from balconies all over Ecuador, Velasco Ibarra was elected President to succeed U.S.-educated Galo Plaza Lasso.

Velasco's victory, against two major contenders, was a startling upset. With the Liberal-Radical Party split in two and President Plaza playing a meticulous hands-off role, all the odds favored the

Conservatives' Candidate Ruperto Alarcon Falconi.

But Ecuadorian voters showed the same distrust for the nation's two historic parties as...

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