PANAMA: The New President

After what Panama considers a high-speed vote count—it took two weeks to tabulate 242,000 ballots as compared, for example, to three months after the 1948 election—an electoral junta last week handed the presidency to the candidate of the government's opposition.

President-elect Roberto F. ("Nino") Chiari, 55, is a birthright member of the moneyed cluster of families that have run Panama since the republic was founded in 1903. He was by no means the choice of the nationalistic mob that last November riotously invaded the U.S.-run Canal Zone to plant the Panamanian flag there. Since the other two candidates...

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