COLOMBIA: Three in a Match

From the high green Andean plateau to the water-splashed lowlands, oratory was stilled. A week before election day, dignified, democratic Colombia, third most populous of the South American republics, wound up a garrulous campaign. Next Sunday, May 5, some 1,500,000 Colombian males would vote for a new President.

It had been exactly the kind of campaign that suited Colombians: lots to argue about, but no issue that really mattered. Both Conservatives and Liberals favored close collaboration with the U.S. On domestic policy, the Conservatives had caught up with a Liberal Party that after 16 years in office, fat, flush and divided,...

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