Panama: Three Outs for Arias

Three times in the past three decades, Panamanian Politician Arnulfo Arias has been elected President of his small (pop. 1.3 million) country. Twice, in 1941 and 1951, he was thrown out of power. Both times he was ousted by Panama's National Guard, the country's only military force, which took exception to his highhanded policies and acted jointly with Arias' political enemies. The same thing happened again last week. Only eleven days after his inauguration for his latest term, the National Guard once more ousted Arias, who fled to safety in the U.S.-controlled Canal Zone.

Two main factors were behind the coup....

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