Ecuador: Again, Velasco

Ecuadorian voters are a determined lot. In the 138 years since the country's independence, only 13 of their duly elected Presidents have lasted out their four-year terms. Yet despite army coups and revolutions, they keep right on re-electing the man of their choice, however dubious his chances of staying the course in office. Last week Ecuadorians went to the polls for the first time since the army sacked President José María Velasco Ibarra in 1961. The winner and new President: José María Velasco Ibarra.

Velasco, a 75-year-old law professor, has been chosen President five times since 1934. Three times Ecuador's army...

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