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2012 presidential elections

Viva Venezuela: Fighting for Socialism

In October 2012 Venezuela faced a choice: whether to deepen the Bolivarian Revolution that under the leadership of Hugo Chavez, has brought dignity, health, education and hope - or to return to a brutal, unequal, neo-liberal society where oil wealth lined the pockets of multinational companies and Venezuelan elite. The people of Venezuela who voted for Chavez, voted to fight for socialism.

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Venezuelans March in Memory of Chavez’s 7 October 2012 Electoral Victory [+ Photos]

A woman at yesterday's march (Correo del Orinoco)

Yesterday a large march was held in Caracas and smaller ones around the country to commemorate Hugo Chavez’s victory in presidential elections last 7 October 2012.

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Venezuelan Report: Refinery Disaster Caused by Intentional Manipulation of Gas Pump Bolts

Petroleum and mining minister Rafael Ramirez presenting the report of the investigation into the Amuay tragedy (AVN)

Following government allegations a fortnight ago that last year’s Amuay refinery disaster was caused by sabotage, authorities have now released a full report with details of the year-long investigation.

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A Timeline of Venezuelan Opposition Reactions to the Recent Elections

Speaking after the National Electoral Council (CNE) declared Nicolás Maduro the winner of the April 14 presidential elections,

From the presidential elections in October 2012 to the special presidential election in April, CEPR takes a look at the actions of Venezuela's opposition. 

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Venezuela after Chavez’s Presidential Victory: Interview with members of Marea Socialista

Members of Marea Socialista (Socialist Tide) celebrating Chavez's win on 7 October (Tamara Pearson/ Venezuelanalysis.com)

In this interview, Marea Socialista members (Socialist Tide) discuss the political significance of Chavez's win in October, the government Socialist Plan for the next period, the opposition campaign strategy, and addressing problems of bureacracy. 

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The Electoral Strategy of the Venezuelan Opposition Comes Back to Haunt Them

The Electoral Strategy of the Venezuelan Opposition Comes Back to Haunt Them

Venezuela’s opposition spent virtually all of 2012 on the road campaigning for political office, but they ended the year worse off than when they started, in part because of their own campaign tactics.

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Venezuelan vs US Elections: A Democratic Example

Chavez / Obama (GLW / archives)

One notable lesson the US could learn from Venezuela is that democracy works best when it isn't exclusionary. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, this year as many as 5 million Americans were put at risk of being excluded from voting, due to new laws. Last year, a study by the centre found that “[m]inorities, poor and young voters will likely be most affected”.

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After Venezuela’s Elections: Defeat for the Right, Challenges for the Left

The crowd outside Miraflores presidential palace after the announcement of Chavez’ re-election on 7 October (AVN)

Author and journalist Iain Bruce puts Hugo Chavez’ re-election as Venezuelan president into its domestic and regional context, and offers his analysis on the challenges for the left in Venezuela and Latin America in the coming period.

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What U.S. Voters Can Learn from Venezuela’s Election

Due to a high turnout of 81%, there were massive queues outside polling stations for Venezuela’s presidential election on 7 Oc

The era that preceded Chávez’s 1998 election has echoes of the current predicament of U.S. politics—two major parties with fairly similar agendas took turns managing the country’s governmental institutions while elites controlled the country’s resources. Venezuela’s democracy, like much of Latin America’s, has meant a break with that past.

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The World at Night: Venezuela


14:57 minutes (5.14 MB)

Venezuelanalysis' Ewan Roberton discusses the results of the recent presidential elections in Venezuela, as well as a number of other issues including crime.

 

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