VENEZUELA: The Ayes Have It

Marcos Perez Jimenez of Venezuela long refused to believe the overwhelming evidence that he is among the world's least popular Presidents. He even held a dangerously free election in 1952 and .had to stage a secret, red-faced recount when returns ran ten to one against him. But the lesson finally sank in. Last week—with the only possible opposition candidate safely tucked away in jail—Perez Jimenez brazenly turned the scheduled Dec. 15 presidential election into a me-or-nothing plebiscite, a forced vote of confidence in the "New National Ideal," its leader and his rubber-stamp Congress.

Voters will draw two cards of different...

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