Perez Jimenez' downfall was the latest in a series of spectacular overturns that have thinned the ranks of Latin America's caudillos in the past four years:

∙ Argentina's Juan Domingo Peron, 62, having seized power in a 1943 military coup and put a stranglehold on the country that lasted until his wastrel ways brought economic distress and the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church, was dumped in a military uprising in September 1955, fled to Paraguay, then to Venezuela.

∙ Brazil's Getulio Vargas, a dictator for 15 years, was forced out by the army in 1945, made a comeback as an elected President...

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