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Post 12 Dec 2012, 16:42
Tonight we're preparing a vigil for the Comandante's health. It's part of a south american meeting we're starting today with parties from all over the continent.
Post 17 Dec 2012, 05:33
Venezuela Analysis wrote:
Chavez’s Socialist Party Wins 20 of 23 States in Venezuelan Regional Elections

Merida, December 16th 2012 ( – With all votes counted to the point of results being irreversible, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela has won 20 states, and the opposition coalition, three states.

The opposition lost their control of Zulia, Tachira, Carabobo, Monagas, and Nueva Esparta, but retained Amazonas and Miranda, and Lara states.

In Miranda, one of the key states at stake, contested by PSUV ex vice-president Elias Jaua, and the opposition presidential candidate and current governor of Miranda, Henrique Capriles, the opposition won with 50% to Jaua’s 46%.

In Bolivar state, where the results were very close, the opposition candidate Andres Velasquez is refusing to recognise his defeat and has called on locals to “defend” his “victory”.

In today’s elections Venezuelans and residents chose 23 state governors and 237 state legislators. The results of the state legislative voting have yet to be announced.

In the 2008 regional elections the PSUV won 17 of the 22 states being contested.

For state by state results see below.

Participation levels and voting mood

Turnout was just under 54% , though this varied markedly in different regions. In the 2008 state elections (which were slightly different to these ones in that they also included mayoral elections) participation rate was 65.45% of registered voters.

“In general you can see an environment of apparent calm, with some levels of abstention that have been higher than we expected,” Leonardo Briceno, teacher from Merida state told’s Ewan Robertson.

The voting mood in many states has been reported to be peaceful, but somewhat apathetic , a contrast to the usual joyful ambience that has marked Venezuelan elections over the last thirteen years.

PSUV leader Jorge Rodriguez said that the “popular” or poorer areas had longer queues and higher participation than other areas.

The head of the operational strategic command for the Bolivarian Armed Forces, Wilmer Barrientos, informed press that the voting process had been carried out with “absolutely normality”, and that only 19 people have been detained, and of those, six people arrested for electoral crimes.

Today there were 12,748 voting booths, with a total of 36.220 voting machines distributed among them, and 17,421,946 eligible voters, 186,036 of which are foreign born residents.

Full results

Amazonas: PSUV: Nicia Maldonado 37%, MUD: Liborio Guarulla 65%

Anzoategui: PSUV: Aristóbulo Istúriz 53.97% MUD: Antonio Barreto Sira 41.06%

Apure: PSUV: Ramón Carrizález 59.83% MUD: Luis Lippa 22.42%

Aragua: PSUV: Tareck El Aissami 52.72% MUD: Richard Mardo 42.71%

Barinas: PSUV: Adán Chávez 54.69% MUD: Julio César Reyes 41.72%

Bolivar: PSUV: Francisco Rangel Gómez 43.57% MUD: Andrés Velásquez 42.34%

Carabobo: PSUV: Francisco Ameliach 53.49% MUD: Henrique Salas Feo 42.7%

Cojedes: PSUV: Érika Farías 59.27% MUD: Alberto Galindez 35.31%

Delta Amacuro: PSUV: Lizeta Hernández 61.27% MUD: Arévalo Salazar 20.99%

Falcon: PSUV: Stella Lugo de Montilla 48.28% MUD: Gregorio Graterol 35.28%

Guarico: PSUV: Rodríguez Chacín 70.41% MUD: José Manuel González 25.55%

Lara: PSUV: Luis Reyes Reyes 41.98% MUD: Henri Falcón 54.35%

Merida: PSUV: Alexis Ramírez 47.56% MUD: Lester Rodríguez 37.96%

Miranda: PSUV: Elías Jaua Milano 46.13% MUD: Henrique Capriles Radonski 50.35%

Monagas: PSUV: Yelitze Santaella 52. 59% MUD: Soraya Hernández - Independent: Jose Briceño: 40.67%

Nueva Esparta: PSUV: Carlos Mata Figueroa 52. 44% MUD: Morel Rodríguez 44.34%

Portuguesa: PSUV: Wilmar Castro Soteldo 50.96% MUD: Iván Colmenares - PCV: Oswaldo Zerpa 22.59%

Sucre: PSUV: Luis Acuña 56.77% MUD: Hernán Núñez 35.26%

Tachira: PSUV: José Vielma Mora 51.7% MUD: César Pérez Vivas 44.48%

Trujillo: PSUV: Rangel Silva 79.4% MUD: José Hernández 17.31%

Vargas: PSUV: Jorge Luis García Carneiro 69.05% MUD: José Manuel Olivares 24.13%

Yaracuy: PSUV: Julio León Heredia 57.08% MUD: Biagio Pilieri 36.05%

Zulia: PSUV: Francisco Arias Cárdenas 50.99% MUD: Pablo Pérez 46.74%

This article will be regularly updated, as more results come out.
Post 18 Dec 2012, 08:54
Wow, Capriles barely won in his state election.

I hated how all the media immediately spun his electoral defeat as a "victory" nonetheless because he's the face of the opposition and blah, blah. Of course he'll use his state office for a constant campaign until the next election. I hope the chavista opposition there can unmask him.
Post 18 Dec 2012, 19:56
I always find it disturbing how much our media can demonize Chavez despite the overwhelming popular support he gets. They don't even have to try that hard.
Post 18 Dec 2012, 23:06
It's rational actually. Shit on your enemies and ignore your terrible allies (like the intensely unpopular Saudi Royal family).
Post 08 Jan 2013, 23:14
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to miss swearing-in
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not take the oath for a new term in office on Thursday, the government has said.

Mr Chavez is in hospital in Cuba after cancer surgery, and has suffered complications caused by a lung infection.

He has not been seen in public since his operation last month.

Venezuela's opposition has called for the Supreme Court to rule on what should be done if Mr Chavez is absent.

Its leader, Henrico Capriles, says that if Mr Chavez is not sworn in, then according to the constitution the National Assembly speaker should act as caretaker president until new elections are held within 30 days.

The government insists that the inauguration is a mere formality for an incumbent leader.

Mr Chavez has been president since 1999.

Show of support

Announcing the news to legislators, National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello said Mr Chavez would be sworn in at a later date.

"On the recommendation of his medical team, the process of post-operation recuperation will have to be prolonged beyond 10 January, [as a result of which] he will be unable to present himself on this date to the National Assembly." he said, reading a letter from Vice President Nicolas Maduro.

Earlier, Mr Cabello called on Chavez supporters to take to the streets of Caracas on Thursday to show support for him.

He said several foreign leaders had agreed to be at the Miraflores Presidential Palace on inauguration day.

But Mr Capriles urged them to stay away and not succumb to "a game by a political party", meaning Mr Chavez's ruling party.

In his most recent update on Mr Chavez, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said his condition was "stable", and he was "responding to the treatment".

I haven't been following too closely on Chavez's health. Worst case scenario, if Chavez dies is the Vice President as assertive and progressive as he is?
Post 09 Jan 2013, 00:48
Chavez's opponents at home and abroad will use every means at their disposal to destroy Bolivarian solidarity once Chavez is out of the picture and hopefully the people can keep the flame of the Revolution alight.
Post 09 Jan 2013, 05:03
Maduro, Venezuela's vice president is as good as Chavez. A former bus driver turned into the best foreign relations minister Venezuela ever had.
But the problem is that if Chavez dies anytime during the first 2 years of his new mandate (that is, before 2015) then new elections must be called.
Post 09 Jan 2013, 18:31
I don't know much about Maduro, but my impression a priori is that he's a rather gray character. Will he be able to motivate the masses as Chavez did?

Addenum, related, but not wholly on topic rant: Some (right-wing) Venezolan acquitances of mine are very happy for Chavez's ill health, and celebrate the return of "the Constitutional order", whatever that's supposed to mean. I bring this up because it showcases the underlying corruption of Burgoise democracy. As soon as a party that strays from the status quo even a little bit gets elected, they start calling foul, even if the elections were held with international observers, and declared to be clean by them. I don't think the Euroamerican block is any different, except in that for years the ruling cadres have had the resources to supress or corrupt any movement that might stir the water of the pond.
Post 18 Feb 2013, 14:36
Guess who's back, back again ?
Chavez' back, tell a friend
Guess who's back, guess who's back?
Guess who's back, guess who's back?
Guess who's back, guess who's back?
Guess who's back?

And so, el Comandante returned to Venezuela the day after Correa's victory in Ecuador. Our continent is happy once again. Celebrations took place in Ecuador, Venezuela, Brasil and Argentina (at least).

So far he hasn't appeared on television. But his presence in a venezuelan hospital was confirmed by many from the government.
Post 22 Feb 2013, 19:49
The news report doesn't sound good at all. "Non-favorable evolution" is ICU slang for "things are going badly".
Post 06 Mar 2013, 01:00
Rest In Peace Hugo Chavez 1954 - 2013
Post 10 Mar 2013, 23:20
Related to my post above:

Post 15 Apr 2013, 05:03
Maduro has just won the elections. He's got a very small margin, mainly because participation dropped.
Maduro 50.66% Capriles 49.07%
Post 15 Apr 2013, 05:27
Is it within the margin of error? Are all the polls reporting 100%?
Post 15 Apr 2013, 05:37
It's the official data with more than 99.7% of the votes counted.
Post 15 Apr 2013, 10:14
How could the victory have been so narrow? Was it really due to Chavez' charisma alone?
Post 15 Apr 2013, 10:27
Seems like Maduro will honor Capriles' request for a full audit of the results. I fear this will allow opposition forces (not the party) the chance to re-double efforts to sabotage the election, perhaps even a coup d'état.

I hope I am wrong though.
Post 21 Apr 2013, 19:18
Winning by a margin of error is indeed a defeat for Maduro and Capriles has all reasons to doubt the election.
Post 21 Apr 2013, 19:48
Not being able to keep the difference Chavez had is indeed a political defeat. But I don't see how that translates into Capriles having reasons to doubt the election.
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