Roberto Eduardo Viola: Dead, Underground or Abroad

Giving his first personal interview to a U.S. publication, President Roberto Eduardo Viola, formerly Argentina's army commander in chief, received TIME Caribbean Bureau Chief William McWhirter in his ornate office in the presidential mansion in Buenos Aires. Viola, a short, stocky man, answered questions in a brusque military fashion. Excerpts:

Q. How soon do you expect Argentina to be returned to democratic government?

A. We believe we are already within a democratic system. Some factors are still missing, like the expression of the people's will, but nevertheless we still think we are within a democracy. We say so because we believe these two...

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