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Venezuelans prepare for regional elections

nicolas maduroBoth progressive and opposition forces in Venezuela are pushing ahead in the run up to the elections scheduled for October 15, to elect 23 regional governors.

Despite the violence promoted in recent months by opposition sectors seeking to overthrow the government, the ongoing preparations in this capital and other areas of the country would appear to suggest that the battle will be decided at the polls.

President Nicolás Maduro denounced that mass media and news corporations are failing to provide coverage of the October elections in Venezuela, the 22nd vote to be held in the past 18 years.

Maduro highlighted the media war of misinformation regarding the process underway throughout the country, in which all political parties registered to present candidates following the announcement of the elections by the National Constituent Assembly.

Speaking at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, Maduro stressed that the mass media’s smear campaign against Venezuela continues, seeking to create the conditions for a foreign military intervention.

During a meeting with candidates of the Gran Polo Patriótico (Great Patriotic Pole) electoral alliance, the president also condemned the constant sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the government of the United States.

In this regard, he noted that President Donald Trump has isolated the United States from the rest of the world. “It was his most notable achievement at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The accomplishment of Donald Trump is to have self-isolated the U.S. He did not receive support for his threats from a single country, from a single government,” Maduro stressed.

EXTREME RIGHT GROUPS PROVOKE VIOLENCE IN VENEZUELA

Right-wing opposition groups returned to the streets of Caracas to commit violent acts on September 26, following several weeks of calm after the National Constituent Assembly elections on July 30.

Disturbances took place for several hours in the late afternoon and early evening on Elice Street, in Chacao, causing traffic jams there and in areas bordering Libertador Avenue and the Francisco Fajardo highway.

Hooded gangs filled the streets with garbage and tried to prevent the movement of vehicles, with the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) responding to control the situation and avoid attacks on property and persons.

The moves sparked condemnation across social media, including tweets such as: “The armed terrorist guarimbas (street barricades) have returned to Francisco de Miranda Avenue in Chacao, firm hand @NicolasMaduro.”

In this regard, on September 25, Attorney General Tarek William Saab reported that of the 88 cases of political violence that were processed by the military justice system and subsequently passed to ordinary courts, a total of 32 have been brought to trial.

(Prensa Latina)

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