CUBA: Next President?

In Havana's cavernous Sports Palace, 600 shouting, sweat-soaked partisans last week acclaimed Carlos Hevia, 52, as the official Auténtico Party's presidential candidate in the June elections. Next week five lesser parties in the pro-government coalition are scheduled to add their endorsement of President Carlos Prío's hand-picked choice for his successor.

The Hevia nomination was President Prío's response to the 1950 by-election setback, when voters fed up with entrenched political gangsterism and corruption upset his control in the city of Havana. Carlos Hevia is that almost unique Cuban man of affairs—a man of such universally acknowledged character as to be virtually...

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