GUATEMALA: Good Impression

"Why have you come to Washington?" a U.S. newsman asked last week. "To show." replied Guatemala's Presidentelect Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes with a smile, "that I am not the rightist monster I have been painted."

Behind the smile, Ydigoras was very much in earnest. A onetime follower of Dictator Jorge Ubico (1931-44), Ydigoras had fought two elections in the past four months. When he ran behind in the first, his followers cried fraud, rioted in the streets and forced the government to nullify the results. With the support of an amalgam of big landlords...

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