Honduras: Another Government Is Missing

With wry bitterness, Hondurans call their small Central American republic "the land of the 70s—70% illiterate, 70% rural, 70% illegitimate." And they might add 70% politically unstable. The military coup that ousted President Ramón Villeda Morales, 54, was the 136th revolution in 142 years of independence from Spain. Only two constitutionally elected chiefs of state have completed their terms.

President Villeda Morales, a pediatrician turned reform politician, almost made it; the coup came only ten days before elections to choose a new President. It undid six years of hard work to change...

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