Colombia Dry and Mighty

Barco wins in a landslide

In a nation known for its fiery orators, Virgilio Barco Vargas is a notable exception. While campaigning for President, Barco plodded through speeches with all the verve of an engineer explaining a blueprint. Supporters of the 64-year-old liberal were reduced to saying, "Virgilio may be a bad candidate, but he'll make a great President." Colombians evidently agreed. When the May 25 ballots were tallied last week, Barco was elected by the largest landslide in the country's history. The M.I.T.-trained engineer, who monitored the results on his computer terminal, won 58% of the vote, vs. 36% for Conservative Alvaro Gomez Hurtado. Said...

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