Venezuela: Romulo's Successor:

Doing Well

An amiably irreverent columnist for an evening paper in Caracas recently observed that Venezuela's new President Raúl Leoni, "though descended from Corsicans, strikes no Napoleonic attitudes." Leoni never thumps his desk; he does not ride out on crusades, and when he speaks, his raspy baritone has all the oratorical appeal of a buzz saw. In short, he is the opposite of his predecessor, Rómulo Betancourt. Yet Leoni has not only filled Betancourt's sizable shoes. In some ways, he may even be the better man for Venezuela these days.

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