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.
By Diosdado Cabello- The New York Times, Dec 18th 2014
Diosdado Cabello expresses his opinion in the NY Times; "It seemed an unfortunate coincidence that just as scores of people demonstrating against police brutality were being arrested on the streets of New York and other cities, the United States Congress passed a bill to bring sanctions against members of my country’s government for alleged human rights abuses during protests earlier this year."
During a Mercosur summit held today in Argentina, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro called Barack Obama’s recent move toward normalizing US-Cuba relations “brave,” while the rest of the trade bloc released a statement condemning the US leader for approving sanctions against Venezuela last week.
By Willmer Poleo Zerpa- Ultimas Noticias, Dec 16th 2014
The following is a report that appeared in the privately-owned Caracas newspaper Ultimas Noticias this morning, detailing the sworn confession made by the retired Venezuelan colonel Jose Gustavo Arocha Perez, who admitted to colluding with the former opposition legislator Maria Corina Machado in a plot to create unrest and oust the Venezuelan government.
The governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) held internal elections on Sunday to choose almost 4000 local leaders. However the election was preceded by accusations that several party dissidents had been arbitrarily ejected from the organisation.
In a 31 October event held in El Doral, Florida, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez presented to supporters in attendance the need to remove president Nicolas Maduro from power before his term is up.