Venezuela: Breaking a Tradition In Favor of Democracy

Breaking a Tradition

In Favor of Democracy

Latin America's revolution-riddled history has made its leaders sensitive about the right of political asylum. Mindful that today's ins may be to morrow's outs, new rulers often let a predecessor flee abroad, and do not try to bring him back no matter how deserving of punishment he may be. In the U.S., for different reasons, the right of asylum has also been held in high regard. Until last week, no deposed chief of state who had taken refuge in the U.S. had ever been extradited to his homeland.

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