ARGENTINA: Peroncito, the Brainwasher

Next to Juan Perón, the most powerful man in Argentina may well be beefy Carlos Aloé, governor of Buenos Aires province, where more than a quarter of the country's people live. Aloé is popularly dubbed "Peroncito"—Little Perón. As Big Perón's secretary from 1946 until 1951, he bossed the Peronista press and masterminded the closing of La Prensa. The President rewarded him by making him the official candidate for the governorship; the self-effacing onetime sergeant won without a single campaign speech.

After his inauguration last month, Governor Aloé quickly found his tongue in...

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