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Maduro re-elected, but with massive abstention and other candidates call for fresh elections

Monday, May 21st 2018 - 08:33 UTC
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Venezuela’s populist leader Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term on Sunday, but his main rivals disavowed the election alleging massive irregularities in a process critics decried as a farce propping up a dictatorship. Victory for the 55-year-old former bus driver, who replaced Hugo Chavez after his death from cancer in 2013, may trigger a new round of western sanctions against the populist government as it grapples with a ruinous economic crisis. Read full article

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  • Jack Bauer

    “Turnout at the election was just 46.1%, the election board said, way down from the 80% registered at the last presidential vote in 2013. The opposition said that figure was inflated, putting participation at nearer 30%.”

    So much for his “popularity”....and even then, according to the Brazilian paper FdSP, the military “visited” several of the Caracas 'favelas' , just to “encourage” the people to vote....nice “democracy”...

    May 21st, 2018 - 02:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • bushpilot

    “The process undoubtedly lacks legitimacy and as such we do not recognize it,”

    Oh, but the legitimacy of the process wasn't doubtful to you when you decided to run, so you ran for election.

    It was clear to everybody its legitimacy sucked throughout the process and from before the process even began.

    If you wanted to cry about its legitimacy you should have done so from the beginning.

    Just another asshole.

    May 21st, 2018 - 06:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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