Jamaica: Wide Open

Jamaica without Sir Alexander Bustamante? It is like Ethiopia without Haile Selassie, Yugoslavia without Tito. A white-maned half-caste who seemed a kind of quixotic king to the island's poor back-country blacks, Bustamante organized the widespread riots that won the Caribbean country a large measure of self-rule in the 1940s, led Jamaica to complete independence from Britain five years ago, and since then has served as the country's Prime Minister. Last week Sir Alexander, ailing and half-blind at 83, resigned as head of government and called new national elections for Feb. 21. The...

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