CUBA: Bullets! Ballots?

In Cuba last week:

¶ Firing squads shot 46 Batista "war criminals," bringing to 362 the eight-week unofficial total—38 short of the 400 maximum once set by Fidel Castro.¶

¶ Becoming more and more accustomed to making all the decisions, Castro confirmed that no elections would be held until at least two years from now.*His reason (which might stagger Britain's Harold Macmillan, who is trying to coincide elections with his best chance of winning) : voting now "would not be fair," since "we would be the overwhelming majority at this stage."

*After overthrowing dictators, Venezuela held an election in ten months, Colombia...

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