MEXICO: The Next President

Quietly and alone, President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines made the one vital decision every Mexican President must make before his term expires—who was to be his successor. Last week from the presidential mansion, Los Pinos, the word was out: Ruiz Cortines' blessing went to his hardworking Labor Minister, Adolfo Lopez Mateos, 47, a moderate leftist who could be counted on to push ahead with Mexico's maturing democracy and its fast-developing free economy.

As soon as headlines proclaimed the news that Lopez Mateos would be the candidate of the government's all-powerful Party of Revolutionary...

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