CHILE: Split-Healer

It was bright, auspicious weather on President Juan Antonio Rios' name day last week. In the red salon of the Moneda Palace he welcomed members of the Cabinet, chiefs of the Chilean armed forces, friends and school children, some of whom brought gifts. Among his name-day gifts one outshone all others: the official text of the Emergency Bill, giving Rios such power as few Presidents enjoy.

Strong-Man Rios, since his inauguration last April, has itched to use strong-arm methods in healing splits that World War II has brought to Chile. Last week in...

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