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The Chamber of Deputies is elected General Antonio Guzman Blanco, who seized by proportional representation . The present power in 1868 after several years of bitter president -Carlos Andres Perez (of the Acci6n internal strife follow ing the transformation of Democratica)-was elected in December 1988 Venezuela into a federation of 20 states ( 1864 ), and took office in February 1989. The political and who was deposed in 1889; and General Juan scene has been dominated in recent years by Vicente Gomez, who ruled from 1908 to 1935 three main parties: Acci6n Democratica-AD and who was responsible for the initiation and (a Venezuelan version of a social democratic development of the oil industry.
This alluvial plain is interspersed with hills, descending spurs of the Andes, that extend in a south-north direction. The central part of these lowlands, especially around the mouth of the Magdalena, is one of the most densely inhabited areas of Colombia. The extensive lowlands of the east, which cover nearly two-thirds of Colombia, belong to two large drainage basins, that of the Orinoco in the north and the Amazon in the south, and to two natural landscape regions, the Llanos in the north and the Selvas in the south.
Nvrth of Pasto, the easternmost of the three ranges-the Cordillera Oriental-takes a northeasterly direction, diverging into two ranges in the vicinity of the southwestern comer of Venezuela. The Cordillera de Merida turns eastward from the Cordillera Oriental to form the northern highland region of Venezuela. The Cordillera Central is the highest and most formidable of the Andean ranges in Colombia, with several peaks rising above the snow line. Pico Cristobal Colon, in the extreme north, is the highest peak at 5,775 meters (19,000 feet), and among the number of active volcanoes the highest is To lima, at 5,215 meters ( 17, II 0 feet); it last erupted in 1829.
Atlas of South America by Moshe Brawer (auth.)