CHILE: Charm & Temper

Chileans could expect a shower of sparks for the next six years. If Congress approved charming, explosive Gabriel Gonzalez Videla's 50,000-vote plurality (not a majority) in last week's elections, Chile would be getting its liveliest president in many a political moon.

Gonzalez, now 47, first got his fireworks reputation when, as a young champion of peoples' rights, he played cops & robbers with Dictator Carlos Ibañez' police. Arrested, he begged permission to blow his nose, instead sprinted two blocks to the Radical Club, where fellow members protected him. As late as last...

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