Colombia: Splinters in the Front

For months, the problems of Colombia have been growing from serious to worse. Under President Guillermo León Valencia, the cost of living has soared 50%, the country's foreign debt has doubled to $750 million, unemployment is rising dangerously, and a wave of Castroite kidnapings has terrorized both city and countryside (TIME, March 19). Now all of these pale beside a grave new political concern. Colombia's National Front, formed in 1958 to make peace between the warring Liberal and Conservative parties, is in danger of imminent collapse.

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