VENEZUELA: Strongman's Troubles

VENEZUELA Strongman's Troubles

Venezuelan Dictator-President Marcos Pérez Jiménez scrambled desperately to snatch back some of his waning authority and prestige. Last week he broke up a new plot masterminded by his longtime chief of staff. General Rómulo Fernández. 45, and hustled the general off to exile. At the same time, he partially reversed the humiliating Cabinet shuffle forced on him when his fortunes were at low ebb a fortnight ago (TIME. Jan. 20).

The dictator had little time to savor this success. Day after day, knotsof rioting students raced through downtown Caracas, burning cars and...

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