MEXICO: Conservative Bent

Chosen by political insiders, the President of Mexico is a kind of surprise package that the electorate gets to know well only after he takes office. Last week, as Mexico City's avidly progovernment press marked the first anniversary in office of Adolfo LÓpez Mateos with editorials boasting of triumphs in every field, the President's own modesty and conservatism showed through. Just before climbing into a bus for a trip north to dedicate some typically modest public works (one road and one school) in Querétaro State, LÓpez Mateos declared simply: "The period of adjustment is behind us.''

The adjustment, which set...

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