An analysis of the interplay between politics and economics in Colombia. The Colombian president must seek support from two political systems: one, the classical or conservative; the other, pragmatic and industrial, concerned with economic development. The actions of President Carlos Lleras Restrepo in his handling of the Colombian foreign exchange crisis and in his dealing with the International Monetary Fund are examined from the perspective imposed by these conflicting political systems. Lleras' skillful exploitation of a disagreement with the IMF has succeeded in arousing public support for his economic development program that will assist him in avoiding the restraints and compromises imposed by the traditional party politicians in Congress who helped to elect him to the presidency.
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