Guatemala: God's Man on Horseback

Rios Montt fires his junta partners and seizes the presidency

Thank you, my God. You have put me here.

Political leaders of all persuasions attribute successes—and, occasionally, failures—to the Almighty. But few do so with more fervor and sincerity than Guatemala's Brigadier General Jose Efrain Rios Montt, 55, a born-again member of the California-based Christian Church of the Word. Montt took it as God's call in March that he leave the church school where he was academic director (TIME, April 5) and join the three-man junta that had been picked to run the country...

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