VENEZUELA: The Votes Still Count

In a continent increasingly coming under the control of military rule, Venezuela is proving to be refreshingly addicted to the practice of democracy. For the fourth time since the overthrow of Dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez almost 16 years ago, Venezuelans trooped peaceably to the polls last week to elect a new President to a five-year term. The winner, with 48% of the vote-a near landslide by local standards-was Carlos Andres Perez, 51, a tough ex-Minister of the Interior and standard-bearer of the center-left Democratic Action Party. He immediately announced that he would not cut back oil production but would...

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