BOLIVIA: Left Turn

In the gloomy halls of La Paz's Foreign Ministry, crammed with ornate furnishings of so many periods that it calls to mind an auction house, a hundred men and women gathered one morning last week to shake hands with Foreign Minister Walter Guevara. After almost four years of energetic service, Guevara, a longtime sociology professor and an outspoken friend of the U.S., was being forced out. Even more worrisome was the cause of Guevara's fall: a plain left swerve by Bolivia's ruling party, the National Revolutionary Movement (M.N.R.).

The grab-bag M.N.R., called...

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