GUATEMALA: Deal for the Presidency

When it became clear last week that Guatemala's hard-fought presidential election had failed to give any candidate a clear majority, front-running General Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes, 62. knew" just what to do. With the skill he had shown at winning votes from illiterate Indians, the old right-wing campaigner worked out a deal that seemed certain to bring him the presidency through the aid of his principal opponent. Colonel José Luis Cruz Salazar of the moderate Nationalist Democratic Movement (M.D.N.).

As political heir of the assassinated Carlos Castillo Armas, Cruz Salazar controlled Congress, which has the legal power to break an election...

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