Peru: Countdown for APRA

The hawk-nosed little man raised his arms, as if in benediction, and 1,000 Peruvian Indians at the airport in the remote jungle town of Iquitos responded with a thunderclap cheer: "Haya presidente! APRA never dies!" The visitor beamed, waved, headed a parade over a red dirt road into town, and there delivered a fiery, fist-shaking speech in a plaza ringed by royal palms and mango trees. "Five centuries ago millions of Incas lived well in Peru," he cried. "There is no reason we cannot do better today!" "APRA, APRA!" screamed the crowd.

The man was Victor Raúl Haya de la Torre,...

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