LATIN AMERICA: Politics in the Khaki Embrace

Democracy wins some and loses some

In most of South America, political power is conferred by the barracks rather than the ballot box. Only two of the continent's Latin nations (Colombia and Venezuela) are Western-style democracies; Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile remain under more or less strict military control. In a few countries, however, the armed forces have been trying to ease their khaki embrace—so far with mixed results.

In traditionally turbulent Bolivia, where there has never been an untainted election, the results of yet another crooked one led last week to...

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