Victor Paz Estenssoro, the 77-year-old dean of Latin American statesmen, won his fourth presidential term in three decades today on a vote by the new Congress.
Paz, a centrist, was elected over former military strongman Hugo Banzer by a 94-51 vote in the second round of balloting after an all-night session. But leftist congressmen who supported Paz said they would remain independent of the new government, depriving it of a working majority in Congress. Banzer was the winner of last month’s close popular vote. (Coalition swings to Paz, Page 6.)