The Americas ReportDecember 03, 2008Feature -
"Chavez Proclaims Himself the Winner in the Venezuelan Elections."The results of the Venezuelan state and municipal elections that took place on November 23rd 2008 have been interpreted in many ways. Some analysts believe that Chavez was victorious because his political party the, PSUV, (the United Socialist Party) won 17 of the 22 state governorships, including the state of Barinas. In addition the PSUV was able to obtain two-thirds of the total national vote. However, the opposition also did well by winning in critically important areas of the country. In spite of this achievement Chavez considers himself the winner and presses forward to change the Constitution and make himself dictator for life. Still other analysts are saying that it was a victory for the opposition since they were able to capture the most populous and economically important cities and states. In the grand picture, the results show that while Chavez's popularity has taken a downward slide, the new scenario continues to be complicated for those who want Chavez to leave the presidency. To continue reading, please open the attachment.News -
Nicole M. Ferrand and Nancy Menges."
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