Open Election?

In a colorful celebration of national pride, the Sandinista government of Nicaragua last week commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of its martyred hero, Augusto César Sandino. Brigades of young cotton and coffee pickers poured in from the countryside to the capital city of Managua, filling the main plaza with placards and rhythmic hand clapping. They were performing for themselves and for scores of foreign observers, invited by the Marxist-oriented leaders to witness the announcement that democratic elections would be held Nov. 4.

The crowd of 50,000 cheered wildly as Junta Coordinator...

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