Venezuelan Municipal Elections: Chavistas Score Overwhelming Triumph

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Venezuelan Municipal Elections: Chavistas Score Overwhelming Triumph

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

On Sunday, President Maduro's United Venezuelan Socialist Party (PSUV) candidates won 308 of 335 municipal elections, a 92% triumph, including 21 of 23 state capitals and the Caracas Capital District.

"We have triumphed. Now we advance towards the triumph of national unity, the triumph of the renewal of hope," said Maduro, adding:

"Today we can officially say that we have won 19 governorates, including Zulia, which is the most populous state in the country."

"We're ready to compete" in next year's presidential election. Control over most municipalities boosts Maduro's chance for reelection.

He blasted opposition several parties for boycotting Sunday elections, saying they disappeared from the political landscape, adding:

"A party that has not participated
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