URUGUAY: Resounding No

A free vote and a free answer

The voters of Uruguay, who have lived for seven years under a harsh, military-backed regime, trooped obediently to the polls last week in a national plebiscite. The object of the exercise: approval or rejection of a new 238-article constitution giving the military an even more pervasive role in the future political life of the country. Under almost any other authoritarian regime in the world, the outcome would have been foregone. Not in Uruguay. To the acute embarrassment of the military, the constitution was resoundingly defeated, with...