GUATEMALA: New Constitution

"You have always been a political mercenary!" cried Deputy Oscar Nájera Farfán to Deputy José Garcia Bauer in Guatemala's Constituent Assembly. "At least I am not the night chamber pot of politics!" retorted Garcia Bauer. "O piece of excrement, follow me out of this room!" thundered Nájera Farfán. In the tussle that followed, Nájera Farfán landed a solid right hook to Garcia Bauer's ear before other deputies pulled them apart.

But if the temper of the final debate on Guatemala's new constitution was hardly above the barroom level, the charter itself, proclaimed last week by President Carlos Castillo Armas, was...

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