BOLIVIA: One More Time

Since Bolivia won its independence from Spain in 1825, it has been rocked by more than 180 uprisings—most of them successful. Last October, General Juan Jose Torres, 50, led his leftist military regime to power in comic-opera fashion: while a right-wing junta was busily jostling then President Alfredo Ovando Candia out of office. Torres quietly gained the support of the air force and moved into the presidential palace. Last week Torres in his turn was battling yet another revolution.

The rebellion began after Torres arrested 30 soldiers and civilians for alleged plotting against his regime. Right-wing army elements revolted in...

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