The World: Confessions of an Ex-Dictator

Most Latin American dictators leave office the same way they came in—at the end of a gun. Argentina's General Alejandro Lanusse has taken the highly unusual step of voluntarily resigning as President, after allowing the people to choose—by ballot—his civilian successor. In a remarkably candid interview with TIME Correspondent Charles Eisendrath in Buenos Aires last week, Lanusse explained why he turned the reins of power over to Héctor Cámpora, the protégé of ex-Dictator Juan Perón.

"Why should it be so hard to understand how I can give him [Juan Perón] power again?" Lanusse asked...

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