PARAGUAY: Unwanted Revolution

Revolutionary guns last week broke the five-year rule of Paraguay's aging (71) President Federico Chaves. The little (pop. 1,500,000), landlocked republic is totally dominated by the government's Colorado party, and Chaves, as party boss, had been tightrope walking his way through trouble since last December, when he ordered a rough shake-up of the cabinet. His foot finally slipped when he arrested an army major as a plotter. General Alfredo Stroessner, 41, the army's 6-ft., German-descended commander, angrily called for a showdown, and an unplanned, unwanted revolution was on.

The crack, cavalry division stationed outside Asunción, the capital, at first sided...

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