Saturday, December 5th 2015 - 07:10 UTC

A range of possible results in Venezuela's Sunday legislative election

A “unified” opposition might need as much as a 71.8% increase in votes over the 2010 elections, with government losing 10.8% of its votes to get a supermajority

By David Rosnick (*) A new paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) finds that there may be a significant disparity between the popular vote and legislative seats claimed by parties in Venezuela’s December 6 National Assembly elections.

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 - 11:08 UTC

Macri to meet Rousseff Friday: trade, Mercosur and Venezuela in the agenda

Macri promised during the electoral campaign, and following victory, that the 'democratic clause' must be applied to Venezuela

Next Friday Argentine president elect Mauricio Macri will be travelling to Brasilia to meet with president Dilma Rousseff, which will be the incoming leader's first overseas trip.

Tuesday, December 1st 2015 - 08:01 UTC

Venezuelan Defense minister denies any coup, 'self-coup' or civilian-military junta

“There will not be a coup, nor a 'self-coup' or a civilian-military junta. Nor will there be terrorist violence or political violence,” said Minister Vladimir Padrino

The Venezuelan government sought Monday to downplay security fears around the country's upcoming legislative elections, rejecting the possibility of violence or a coup. With polls showing President Nicolas Maduro's populist movement on track for a landmark defeat by the opposition in Sunday's vote, speculation and rumors have swirled about possible violence or moves by the ruling party to cling to power.

Monday, November 30th 2015 - 07:32 UTC

OAS Secretary General open letter regarding Venezuela's pre-electoral climate

It does not make one 'garbage,' Mr President Nicolas Maduro, to condemn the killing of a politician and call for an end to the ongoing violence, said Almagro

The following open letter from the Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro was addressed to president Nicolás Maduro regarding the pre-electoral climate in Venezuela, which is holding legislative elections next Sunday in very questionable and controversial conditions for opposition candidates.

Saturday, November 28th 2015 - 08:10 UTC

Unasur calls on Maduro to launch thorough investigation into the killing of opposition politician

The brutal murder of opposition leader Luis Manuel Díaz, from Democratic Action party, threw Venezuela's polarized politics into even further turmoil (AFP)

An electoral mission of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), the body in charge of monitoring Venezuela’s upcoming elections on December 6, called on the authorities in Caracas to immediately launch a thorough investigation into the death of an opposition politician at a rally, barely two weeks before crucial parliamentary elections.

Friday, November 27th 2015 - 08:21 UTC

Maduro blames killing of opposition leader to score-settling among gangs

The event was also attended by Lilian Tintori, the wife of a jailed opposition leader and a high-profile critic of Maduro.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday the fatal shooting of an opposition leader appeared to be a gangland score-settling dismissing claim it was politically motivated ahead of elections. An attacker shot Luis Manuel Diaz dead on Wednesday evening in the central Guarico region at a campaign rally for the December 6 legislative elections, party officials said, ratcheting up fears that violence could erupt in the lead-up to the polls.

Friday, November 27th 2015 - 06:28 UTC

OAS calls for immediate end to violence in Venezuela

Secretary General of Acción Democrática Guarico, Luis Manuel Diaz, was shot several times from a passing vehicle as he stood in the rally's stage

The Organization of American States (OAS), secretary general Luis Almagro condemned the killing in Venezuela of an opposition leader during a political rally ahead of the 6 December legislative election, and called for an immediate end to violence in the country.

Tuesday, November 24th 2015 - 11:29 UTC

Venezuelan military involved in cocaine transport, claims New York Attorney Office

 According to US prosecutors the Cessna Citation with 800 kg of cocaine took off from a terminal reserved for government officials at Caracas airport

The latest developments in the drug trafficking case with relatives of Venezuela’s first lady Cilia Flores indicate that the Venezuelan military is involved in transporting cocaine to Haiti for trans-shipment into the US.

Tuesday, November 17th 2015 - 08:37 UTC

Venezuela claims Maduro's nephews held in the US on cocaine smuggling charges were 'kidnapped'

In the first direct government comment on the case, Diosdado Cabello said it was an attempt by Washington to discredit Venezuela before the elections.

Two men said to be relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who are being held in the United States on cocaine smuggling charges were “kidnapped,” a senior member of the ruling Socialist Party said on Monday.

Monday, November 16th 2015 - 07:10 UTC

Uruguay's ruling Broad Front coalition divided over Venezuela

OAS chief Almagro and former Uruguayan ex foreign minister sent a letter to Venezuelan electoral authorities calling for transparent elections

The strong 16 pages long letter sent by OAS (Organization of American States) secretary general Luis Almagro to Venezuelan electoral officials calling for transparency, international observers and freeing political prisoners, ahead of December 6 legislative elections, triggered an immediate furious insulting reaction from Venezuela's strongman Diosdado Cabello, but also again exposed a growing rift in the Uruguayan government.

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