Mexico: Coming Soon

A successor for Lopez Portillo

The expectant throng that gathered last week in Mexico City's Zdcalo, the vast stone plaza fronting on the presidential National Palace, included labor leaders, congressmen, bankers, politicians—a virtual cross section of Mexico's power elite.

They thronged to take part in an old political ritual: los besamanos, or hand-kissing, congratulations for the man chosen to run the country for the single six-year term that Mexico's constitution allows.

Even though presidential elections will not be held until July 1982, the name of the President-to-be had just been made known. He is...

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