The Americas Report
November 13, 2008
- The Upcoming Elections in Venezuela - Nicole M. Ferrand.*
On November 23, 2008 regional elections will be held in Venezuela. These will be the first elections to be held since President Hugo Chavez founded the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, PSUV in Spanish). For a majority of Venezuelans these elections are an opportunity to put a stop to Chavez's plans to stay in power and impose a socialist model in the country and they are encouraged by the polls which give the opposition the upper hand in many localities. Although Chávez is not running, he is vociferously campaigning for the PSUV's candidates. His public appearances have been marked by a violent and threatening rhetoric which has convinced voters that he is afraid of losing important positions to the opposition. To learn more, please open the attachment.
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