Brazil: Running Things His Way

"Democratic renovation" is what revolutionary President Humberto Castello Branco calls his program for Brazil. To get the job done, in a country plagued by inflation, corruption and ineptitude after years of freewheeling politics, Castello Branco has assumed near-dictatorial powers while maintaining his devotion to constitutional democracy. Inevitably, his efforts have pleased no one ¬óneither the moderates and leftists, who complain about his muffling of politics, nor the military's linha dura (hard line), which scoffs at his loyalty to democracy. In a series of swift . strokes over the past fortnight, Castello Branco struck back¬ónot hard enough to do...

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