VENEZUELA: Democracy Is Green

It was the most democratic election in Venezuela's history. In the remote cattle towns of the Andes, in the boisterous oil camps of the coast, more than a million citizens queued up to choose the 160 members of a Constituent Assembly that would write a new constitution (Venezuela's 19th) and elect a new Provisional President.

A shortage of pens for registering voters had threatened to delay the balloting. Authorities beat the illiteracy problem by printing a different colored ticket for each of the 15 competing parties. The voter thus had merely to...

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