VENEZUELA: Election

From jungle clearings and Caracas villas, 2,000,000 Venezuelan voters trooped to the polls this week. Promised ever since a military junta overthrew the country's legitimately elected regime four years ago, the election was for a constitutional Congress which will design a new government and name a new President.

The pro-junta Independent Electoral Front (F.E.I.) was pitted against a pair of opposition parties, the Social Christian COPEI and the leftish Democratic Republican Union (U.R.D.). Bossed by owlish Colonel Marcos Perez Jimenez, the junta harassed the opposition, jailed its leaders, censored its press. COPEI and U.R.D. reluctantly entered the race in hope...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!