More than 11 million Venezuelans voted today, electing 165 legislators to the national assembly and 12 to the Latin American Parliament, in 36,553 voting centres across the country. The PSUV won a majority of positions, but not the two thirds necessary for some decision making.
On Friday, thousands took to the streets of the Venezuelan capital to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the toppling of the Pérez Jiménez dictatorship as well as to voice their support for the government of President Nicolás Maduro in the face of economic war and political destabilization.
On Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a much-anticipated address to the Venezuelan legislature in which he announced slight changes to monetary policies and the need to raise the extremely low cost of gasoline in the country. He also announced a 15% increase in the minimum wage and increased investment in education and housing.
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro shared “good news” from Chinese capital Beijing yesterday, after meeting with Chinese leaders and business owners to forge further pacts meant to mutually benefit both countries’ economies.
The G77 group, an international forum of developing countries, and China have expressed their firm rejection of unilateral sanctions imposed by the U.S. against Venezuela and asked for them to be rolled back, said Bolivian President Evo Morales.