Guatemala: Surprise in the Sermon

Ríos Montt discomfits guerrillas but postpones elections

Up to a point, the speech was the kind of bizarre and rambling homily that Guatemalans have come to expect from their born-again military President, Brigadier General José Efrain Ríos Montt, 56. As he has almost every Sunday evening since he assumed power in a March 1982 coup, the silver-mustached member of the California-based Christian Church of the Word last week appeared on Guatemalan television to deliver a sermon on patriotism, morality, local politics and the revelations of divine wisdom. He advised citizens against the use...

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