VENEZUELA: Five More Years

Pudgy, nearsighted General Marcos Pérez Jiménez, 43, already one of the world's senior dictators, last week began another five years as President of Venezuela—barring, of course, assassination or a coup by his military juniors. He won the term in a plebiscite that gave voters a choice of him or nothing. So cynically rigged was the election that two hours after the polls closed, Interior Minister Laureano Vallenilla Lanz summoned foreign newsmen to hear the results. Just as a small television receiver in the corner of his office beamed the opening of the...

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