THE AMERICAS: Jittery Strongmen

The biggest news event in Latin America last year made jittery reading for the hemisphere's military strongmen. The crash of Argentina's Juan Peron showed with unnerving clarity how swiftly the most deeply entrenched tyrant can be destroyed by aroused public opinion and disenchanted military leaders. By last week strongman regimes in four other nations were showing signs of strain.

Peru (pop. 9.500,000). Well-intentioned President Manuel Odria long ago promised to run off a free election next June. At first sullenly doubtful, Peruvians finally decided that he meant what he said, began campaigning...

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