World: Latin America: The Shrinking Middle

"I HAVE come to rule!" cried Bolivia's President Alfredo Ovando Candia last week after a 300-mile dash to his presidential palace in La Paz. While out of the capital opening a new railroad line in the provincial city of Santa Cruz, he got word that a right-wing military force led by his own army chief of staff had seized power, declaring that it would give Bolivians "the destiny they deserve." By the end of a wild week, both Ovando and the rival military men were out. In power, following a seriocomic sequence of coup...

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