Bolivia: Civilians Return

And old soldiers fade away

Despite the steady rain, thousands of people wrapped in gaily striped ponchos had packed into La Paz's Plaza Murillo, a large square flanked by the National Congress and the presidential palace. Finally, after a long ceremony, the crowd's wait was rewarded: Bolivia's old and new Presidents appeared side by side on the balcony of the Congress. Both acknowledged the cheers, but the enthusiasm was reserved for Hernán Siles Zuazo, 69, Bolivia's second civilian leader in 18 years of almost uninterrupted, often harsh and nearly always corrupt military rule....

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