Colombia: The Heritage of Lleras Camargo

While two constitutional Presidents in Latin America have left office in the face of a coup in recent months, another steps down this week in more auspicious circumstances. Colombia's Alberto Lleras Camargo. 56, the quiet Liberal statesman who has saved his violently partisan country from civil war, completes his full four-year term. When he leaves, he will pass on the seal of presidential office to a man who, under other circumstances, might be his most dangerous enemy−Guillermo Leon Valencia, a Conservative.

Architect of Union. Lleras started out as a reporter for Bogota's...

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