PANAMA: Murder of a Strongman

"I had to do away with anarchy." said Jose Antonio ("Chichi") Remón, explaining why he ran for President of Panama in 1952. As the country's strongman police chief he had watched five men try to govern Panama during the span of one normal presidential term, had reluctantly turned a couple of the failures out of office at gunpoint. President Remón brought order out of disorder, and Panama found the sensation so pleasant that it marked him down as almost indispensable. But last week Remón lay dead, and something like a relapse into anarchy plainly...

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