VENEZUELA: Self-Made President

Colonel Marcos Pérez Jiménez, Venezuela's Strong Man, this week took office as constitutional President of the republic for a five-year term. The National Assembly which voted him the office was Pérez Jiménez' own private Parliament, hand-picked last November after an embarrassingly bobbled election in which the returns ran so strongly against his candidates that he had to clamp on a three-day censorship and doctor the electoral count to wrap himself in the much-desired cloak of legality.


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