Argentina: Voting No! to the Past

In the first election in a decade, Raúl Alfonsin routs the Peronists

As the returns streamed in, neither candidate could quite believe what was happening. Raúl Alfonsin, refreshed by a barbecue lunch and a three-hour siesta, heard the results at the home of a wealthy supporter in a Buenos Aires suburb. "Let's wait, let's wait," he cautioned excited aides. At his party headquarters downtown, Italo Luder sat forlornly in his office, shaking his head in disbelief. Luder's supporters, expecting a night of partying, instead drifted quietly out of the building. Finally, at 5:45...

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