MEXICO: Echeverria: Forming A New Nation

Luis Echeverría Alvarez, 53, is Mexico's first reformist President in 30 years. Since his election in 1970, he has committed his administration to closing the economic gap between the poor and lagging rural population and the well-to-do urban classes. It is a race against time. Uncorrected, these inequities could plunge Mexico into a revolution potentially as traumatic as the bloody 1910 revolution that took over a million lives.

Echeverría's ambitious reform program, which includes modernizing governmental machinery, fighting corruption, uplifting the rural sector, and tax and banking reforms, has been opposed by...

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