CHILE: Pains of Democracy

President Juan Antonio Rios last week opened a troubled session of the Chilean Congress. Orderly lines of soldiers, orderly crowds saluted him on his way through Santiago's streets to the Congreso Nacional. But the situation confronting him in Congress was far from orderly. Chile, democratic island in predominantly undemocratic South America, was struggling with the problems of democracy.

Hope into Turmoil. When Rios started his term, he was the brightest hope of South American democracy. But he did not push the urgent reforms demanded by the Leftist coalition which put him in power, showed more liking for conservatives than for...

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