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Venezuela’s opposition leader Henrique Capriles is refusing to accept the narrow win of the ruling party presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro.
In a speech to the nation he said he demanded an immediate recount.
Venezuela’s Capriles refuses to accept Maduro victory
Venezuela’s opposition leader Henrique Capriles is refusing to accept the narrow win of the ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro.
In a speech to the nation he said he demanded an immediate recount and alleged voting irregularities.
“I don’t deal with lies and corruption. My deal is with God and with the Venezulan people. Mr. Maduro, if you were illegitimate before, now you are even more loaded with illegitimacy,” he said.
“They have obtained a result that was announced in the National Electoral Council, on the basis of all these “incidents” Capriles added saying his team had identified more than 3,000 voting irregularities.
Capriles, 40, had argued that voters were tired of divisive Chavez-era politics, and vowed to tackle daily worries such as violent crime, high inflation and poor utilities.
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American filmmaker Oliver Stone, whose 2009 film “South of the Border” attempted to help Chavez’s image in the US, bemoaned the western media’s portrayal of Chavez as a clownish thorn-in-the-side of democracy. When asked about the perception that US President Barack Obama betrayed the country, Stone reminded the audience that the people of Venezuela will ultimately be responsible for their own success on the global stage.“I think you’re on the right path,” he said.“The United States is a system and whoever is president seems to be sucked into this no-choice kind of situation but history has shown us the curve of ball can always break differently. We emphasize that point, there are always breaks. All of a sudden a Martin Luther King comes up, all of a sudden protestors against the Vietnam War come up, all of a sudden people turn down Hillary Clinton, who was the supposed front runner and they go with this semi-black candidate. Surprises are always in the air. What you think is going happen never happens.” President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s handpicked successor, is favorite to win this weekend’s election over opposition challenger Henrique Capriles. Whatever the result, Stone said, there will be great pressure from outside the country because of Venezuela’s oil supply.“These bastards can be very upsetting and overwhelming but I always think that we have a lifesaver somewhere and there’s some kind of light that dawns on us as a people and as a world.” The filmmaker known for “JFK,” “Platoon,” “Born on the fourth of July,” and many others as well as “South of the Border” had harsh words for media outlets that spent years painting Chavez in an unfavorable light.“As a New Yorker and following the New York Times for a long time I am still stunned by how negative these articles have been for so long,” Stone added. “About some of the worst regimes in the world there has never been this amount of coverage. I doubt Adolf Hitler has gotten this much coverage in Germany. These lies and distortions are a shame on them, it’s a disgrace.” “I would say that Venezuela is the number one target of the United States media and the State Department that exists today. The covert actions that are going on in Venezuela are very scary. I don’t want to be in Nicholas Maduro’s shoes. I’d hate to be him because he’s in a new spotlight,” the director continued.“They can’t go after him personally but it’s a very scary position to inherit this gigantic power. I’m sure Castro felt the same thing many years ago. This is a tough moment for Venezuela and I hope the people stick together. This is not going away. Even if he wins the election I think the United States is going to be pouring on the heat in the coming months. You’re going to see reactions and more stories. Venezuela is very important to the US and all of Latin America.” Seated next to Stone was Miguel Tinker Salas, a Latin American historian and professor at Pomona College who specializes in Venezuelan studies. After discussing Hugo Chavez’s impact on the region Salas compared the current political atmosphere to that of the United States before the election last year that saw Americans reinstate Obama into the White House.“ What’s at stake is really two different visions of Venezuela, two different visions of Latin America, and two different visions of how the north and the south should relate to each other. Fundamentally what’s at stake here is control over the largest oil reserve in the world,” Salas said.“Previously there’s been a vision of Venezuela as connected to the US, as an oil-exporting country, as a nation rushing to join the first world, and one in which Venezuela is counter-imposed with the US as a model democracy.” But another future could be within sight. “Or a vision of Venezuela that is part of Latin America that recognizes its own internal heritage and recognizes the solidarity it has with the rest of Latin America. Remember Venezuela was the first of the social conscious left governments to come to power in 1998,” the professor continued.“So what’s at stake is the future of progressive social movements in Latin America. Hundreds of thousands of people support the change that’s been going on in Venezuela. The opposition is much like the opposition Republicans in the US who say there’s a shifting demographic in the US. Imagine that – after running a campaign that actually tried to make targets of immigrants, women, gay people, and others now they want a shift. That’s the same reality in Venezuela.” … Read More
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Ballot boxes at the ready as the legacy of Hugo Chavez comes under the microscope when Venezuela goes to the polls on Sunday.
The commander’s anointed successor, Vice-President Nicolas Maduro, leads in the polls but he faces a stern challenge in shape of Henrique Capriles who is campaigning for change.
Official campaigns ended on Thursday with Maduro, draped in a Venezuelan flag, stomping round the streets of Caracas calling on everyone to follow “Commander Chavez as the spiritual guide of the fatherland.”
Argentine footballer Diego Maradona, a friend of Chavez, lent his support to Maduro.
Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles is trying to focus on the issues and steer away from the cult of Chavez, but Chavez is present in every sphere of Venezuelan life.
Capriles wants a Brazil-style economic model that mixes pro-business policies backed by strong social welfare projects.
Such is the passion surrounding the vote that security forces are taking no chances. As many as 141,000 troops will be deployed to ensure a smooth and peaceful election. Guards will also protect and transport election material until the count is complete.
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AFP – Hundreds of thousands of supporters on Sunday crammed Caracas’ streets in what opposition presidential hopeful Henrique Capriles, trailing in the polls, called a fast-changing tide. “Today, we are winning this contest,” Capriles, the 40-year-old governor of Miranda…
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Venezuela entered a bitter election race to succeed Hugo Chavez, with his chosen successor branding his challenger a “fascist” after the opposition candidate accused him of lying about the late leader’s death. Henrique Capriles accepted the nomination of the main opposition…
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