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Venezuelan Socialists Sweep Regional Elections

On Oct. 15, Venezuelans went to polls for the second time in three months, this time to elect governors from the country's 23 states.

The governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or Psuv, won 18 of the 23 states, despite predictions of significant opposition gains.

The vote followed the July 30 Constituent Assembly elections, which came on the heels of months of violent opposition protests left over 100 people dead. 

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Venezuela's soldiers stand with cases of voting materials during a ceremony ahead of the regional elections which will be held on October 15, in Caracas, Venezuela, October 9, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

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Anti-Chavismo Breaks Up

Henry Ramos Allup expressed surprise at the results in the states of Lara, Miranda and Falcón, where the opposition expected to win against Chavismo. But far from suggesting a manipulation of the vote, Allup said that already on election day afternoon his party had information saying that the participation of opposition voters was slowing, which augured a positive result for Chavismo. READ MORE

 

 
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    Venezuela's soldiers stand with cases of voting materials during a ceremony ahead of the regional elections | Photo Reuters

  • The opposition Democratic Unity coalition candidate for Barinas state Freddy Superlano (R) talks with residents while campaigning on the outskirts of Barinas, Venezuela.

    The opposition Democratic Unity coalition candidate for Barinas state Freddy Superlano (R) talks with residents while campaigning on the outskirts of Barinas, Venezuela. | Photo Reuters

  • Campaigning closing for the Socialist Party in Falcon state.

    Campaigning closing for the Socialist Party in Falcon state. | Photo teleSUR

  • A resident walks past a campaign graffiti of opposition candidate for the government of Miranda Carlos Ocariz ahead the governors elections.

    A resident walks past a campaign graffiti of opposition candidate for the government of Miranda Carlos Ocariz ahead the governors elections. | Photo Reuters

  • A campaign banner of the ruling Socialist Party

    A campaign banner of the ruling Socialist Party's candidate for Barinas state Argenis Chavez is pictured in Barinas, Venezuela. | Photo Reuters

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