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Foreign nations denounce Venezuelan election

International | Nicolas Maduro wins six more years as president
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/22/18, 02:05 pm

Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas Maduro emerged from Sunday’s election as the winner of another six-year presidential term, but several foreign nations disputed the legitimacy of his victory.

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council reported that Maduro won nearly 68 percent of votes with about 93 percent of polling stations reporting. His nearest rival, Henri Falcon, finished more than 40 percentage points behind Maduro. Javier Bertucci, a TV evangelist, came in third with 11 percent of the vote.

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Vote shows Venezuelans don’t trust president

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/17/17, 10:39 am

Venezuela’s opposition coalition held a symbolic referendum Sunday in which 7 million people voted to reject President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution. The plan is Maduro’s answer to the country’s out-of-control economic crisis, but opponents say it’s a ploy to consolidate the president’s power. Venezuelans will officially vote July 30 to elect members of a constitutional assembly. Critics and international leaders fear Maduro will use the assembly to eliminate checks on his power. Sunday’s referendum showed opposition to the plan is strong but not overwhelming.

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Starvation economy

Features | Venezuela’s crushing collapse offers lessons for outsiders drawn to big-government systems that can’t deliver
by Jamie Dean
Posted 5/24/17, 09:56 pm

When Samuel Olson bumps into acquaintances or colleagues he hasn’t seen in a few weeks, the Venezuelan pastor often notices an obvious difference: His friends are losing weight.

Olson’s friends aren’t alone.

A recent study reported 3 out of 4 Venezuelans say they’ve lost weight in the last year. Nineteen pounds is the average. The losses don’t come from trying to slim down. They come from struggling to find food, as the country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves descends into pitiful hunger.

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