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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

U.S. condemns Venezuelan elections as neither free nor fair


The United States on Monday condemned Venezuela's weekend gubernatorial elections as neither free nor fair and vowed to use its economic and diplomatic power to support Venezuelans in restoring democracy in the oil-exporting nation. "We condemn the lack of free and fair elections yesterday in Venezuela. The voice of the Venezuelan people was not heard," State Department said in a statement. More…


Venezuela opposition looks for answers after election loss


Voting sites were shifted to distant neighborhoods with rampant crime. Ballots featured the faces of opposition candidates who lost in primaries. The government-stacked National Electoral Council denied monitoring accreditation to one of Venezuela's most important independent observers. The opposition pointed on Monday to those irregularities and others that began the moment regional elections were called to explain a staggering loss in gubernatorial contests it had expected to win in Sunday's voting. "We encountered an absolutely fraudulent system," said Carlos Ocariz, the opposition's candidate in Miranda, the nation's second most populous state where the candidate of the ruling socialist party won. More…

Venezuela is blaming Trump for missed debt payments


The country's government and its state-run oil company missed five small debt payments last week totaling $349 million, according to three experts who closely follow the debt. Delayed payments are becoming increasingly common for the country's bondholders. But a new excuse is surfacing: President Donald Trump and the financial sanctions his administration imposed on Venezuela in August. The government hasn't commented on why it didn't pay this time but in late September, Venezuela Vice President Tareck El Aissami -- who the Trump administration labeled a drug trafficker -- blamed Trump for a separate delayed payment. More…

Venezuela opposition insists vote had problems


Opposition leader Angel Oropeza said Monday the opposition won't recognize the results until an independent, internationally verified audit is conducted. He accused election officials of choosing "the path of fraud," though he did not claim they altered vote totals. Rather, Oropeza said, more than 1 million Venezuelans had difficulty voting Sunday because of problems like delays in opening polling sites and damaged machines. He also said at least 90,000 votes that should have gone to the opposition did not because election officials refused to remove from ballots candidates who lost in a September primary. More…