Opposition Refuses to Give Up on Electoral Fraud

Venezuelan opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, has been protesting the hairline margin by which the incumbent clung to the position bestowed on him by Chavez since the election results were announced. On Thursday, the Consejo Nacional Electoral (National Electoral Council) was unable to make a decision about concerns presented by Capriles regarding irregularities during April’s election. It is unclear whether or not this board operates independently…

Why Opposition in Venezuela Didn’t Have a Chance

A recent article in The Atlantic extensively documents and details the extent to which Chavez had institutionalized and consolidated his power over the past 14 years, before passing away last month. Intimidation, corruption, manipulation, and outright violence prevented any serious opposition from having a chance at fair representation in recent dubious elections. In 2005, exasperated voters flat out boycotted…

Cancer Forces Chavez Back to Cuba

Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, has been forced to Cuba for medical attention for the third time due to concerns of a cancer recurrence. Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, has confirmed that Chavez was under going an operation for the cancer. Early in his administration, Chavez initiated an agreement with Cuba in which Venezuela agreed to…

Tanks Deployed by Chavez Captured on Twitter

According to the Madrid based Spanish daily newspaper ABC, exit polling showed opposition candidate Henrique Capriles with a lead of 51.3% over incumbent Hugo Chávez’s 48.06% with an hour left to vote during Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela. [1] Other reports before the election showed Capriles with a strong lead. [2] Official reports listed Chávez…

Attack on Opposition Party in Venezuela

Hugo Chavez has been president of Venezuela for 13 years, 7 months, and counting. There are concerns that he will not relinquish power, even under increased pressure from political opposition. On September the 29th, two were killed during an attack near the city of Barinas, which is the home town of the most popular opposition…

Concerns About Violence Ahead of Venezuelan Elections

Venezuelan governor Henrique Capriles is the opposition candidate against Hugo Chavez in the country’s presidential elections scheduled to take place on October 7, 2012. Supporters of Hugo Chavez had recently set up roadblocks during a visit by Mr. Capriles to a coastal city. It appears that stones were thrown in addition to arson and numerous…

Opposition Candidate Runs to the Left of Hugo Chavez

Next month, Venezuela will hold elections, and despite the dramatic failures of anti-Western leftist president Hugo Chavez, the opposition candidate is campaigning as a more extreme version of Chavez. Venezuelan governor Henrique Capriles will represent an alternative to Chavez. Citing increased violence, poor infrastructure, and a flailing economy, Capriles is making a populist proposition to…

Hope for Change in Venezuela

There is concern in Venezuela about the direction the country is moving politically, and Venezuelan governor Henrique Capriles is beginning to represent hope for opposition groups. As mayor of Caracas, Henrique was targeted by the administration for not doing enough to suppress protests against the Cuban embassy in 2002, and was charged with fomenting violence;…