Bolivia: In Until When

By supreme decree, Bolivia's seven-month-old military junta last week took the first step to install itself in power indefinitely. "In view of the chaotic political conditions and the inability of political parties to organize themselves for a democratic electoral process," said the decree, the presidential elections scheduled for Oct. 31 were being postponed. No date was set for new elections. Thus, for the moment at least, Air Force General René Barrientos, 45, will continue to rule the troubled Andean nation.

As Barrientos analyzed it, the decision was forced on him by popular...

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