The presidential candidate of the Bolivarian Revolution, Nicolas Maduro, yesterday counter-attacked the opposition’s campaign to discredit Venezuela’s electoral system ahead of the 14 April presidential election.
The body of former President Hugo Chavez was transported to the military barracks Cuartel de la Montana in the Caracas neighborhood of 23 de Enero last Friday in a solemn ceremony that saw thousands of Venezuelans turn out to pay their ﬁnal respects to the fallen leader.
Venezuelan officials announced on Wednesday that they are breaking off talks with US diplomats, accusing the United States government of interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs ahead of next month’s elections.
Today members of the government held a press conference to inform the public about the new system for buying foreign currency. Called the Complimentary System of Foreign Currency Acquirement (Sicad), interim president Nicolas Maduro said it aims to “overcome the parallel market”.
Private poll company Datanalisis has found that interim president Nicolas Maduro has a 14% lead over opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, with 16% of respondents still undecided, or intending to vote for other candidates.
The assassination of indigenous Yukpa chief Sabino Romero on Saturday 3 March has led to public criticisms of the Venezuelan government’s handling of the land rights conflict in the Sierra de Perijá region.
The United Nations General Assembly paid tribute to late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during a special ceremony on Wednesday, hailing his commitment to social justice and advocacy for society’s most vulnerable groups.
After the opposition candidate for president, Henrique Capriles suggested that Chavez’s death was “planned” on Sunday night, members of Chavez’s family and the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela have criticised his comments and called for him to retract them.