World: All in the First Family

Indulging his fondness for state visits once again, Rumania's maverick Communist ruler Nicolae Ceauşescu last week was in the middle of a 17-day, eight-nation tour of Africa and the Middle East. One thing he surely spent little worrying about was his political base back home. In his absence there was hardly an important area of national life that was not watched over by some relative he had placed in a top position over the years.

At 61 , Ceauşescu himself holds an impressive number of the levers of power in Rumania. Since he became...

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