Trujillo is in retreat. Last week the 68-year-old Dominican dictator emptied his desk and closed his office in the National Palace, where—whether officially President or not—he has ruled the country for 30 years. He fired his brother Hector, who for the past eight years has been stand-in President. He sent his son Ramfis, the onetime tabloid-headline playmate of Kim Novak and Zsa Zsa Gabor, off to Geneva to "advise" the Dominican delegation to a trade conference. He bounced two lesser Trujillos from high government jobs. And he named himself chief Dominican delegate to the United Nations.

In as President the dictator...

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