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Mysteriously, Ruling Socialists Win Virtually Every Regional Election In Venezuela

Monday, December 11, 2017

As Venezuela Opposition Shuns Vote, Leader’s Party Tightens Grip on Power


The governing party of President Nicólas Maduro was dominating municipal elections across Venezuela late Sunday, winning nearly all major cities, according to early results, and further consolidating Mr. Maduro’s power as the country enters a presidential election year. Candidates of Mr. Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela took the mayoralties in all but one of more than 40 principal municipalities, according to the national election authorities. Mr. Maduro, in a rambunctious, rambling address in the capital’s Bolívar Plaza, declared that the final count would show that his party had won more than 300 of the 335 seats being contested. More…

Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela socialists eye presidency race


The presidential election has traditionally been held in December, but there is speculation it will be brought forward to the first half of 2018 so the socialists can take advantage of the opposition’s disarray. With its most popular leaders barred - Leopoldo Lopez is under arrest and Henrique Capriles is prohibited from office - the opposition may struggle to find a popular flagbearer. Uniting the disparate parties and reigniting enthusiasm among despondent grassroots supporters will also be huge challenges. More…

Venezuelan Migrants Pose Humanitarian Problem in Brazil


Last August, Victor Rivera, a 36-year-old unemployed baker, left his hometown in northern Venezuela and made the two-day journey by road to the remote Amazonian city of Boa Vista, Brazil. Although work is scarce in the city of 300,000 people, slim prospects in Boa Vista appeal more to Rivera than life back home, where his six children often go hungry and the shelves of grocery stores and hospitals are increasingly bare. "I see no future in Venezuela," said Rivera, who seeks odd jobs at traffic lights in the small state capital just over 200 km (124 miles) from Brazil's border with the Andean country. Countries across Latin America and beyond have received a growing number of Venezuelans fleeing economic hardship, crime and what critics call an increasingly authoritarian government. More…

Venezuela default - an opportunity or risk for Opec?


Complaints about Venezuelan oil's quality are mounting. Outstanding debts incurred by the oil industry add to the dismal outlook. Declining production from Venezuela ties in with supply tightening intended to boost the oil price. Indirectly the trend supports the Brent benchmark staying over $60 per barrel, even if it's not part of the intentional supply cuts. More…

Venezuelan government claims big turnout but Caracas calm in invisible poll


In the aftermath of the Venezuelan municipal elections one thing is clear to our reporter. This may have been the worst-attended vote in the nation's history. Euronews visited no less than 10 locations in Caracas. We saw plenty of Chavist activists asking for people's personal information before voting.  The Chavists were asking people about their "Carnet de la Patria", a document which is needed to get several social benefits such as food and medicine. Activists of the regime were just a few meters away from the polling booths campaigning for the Chavist candidates.  More…