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(UPDATED) National Assembly Election Results - 95 Legislators for PSUV

President Hugo Chavez voting today (agencies).

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.

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The Professor & The President: Who’s the Bully?

Ricardo Hausmann (prodavinci.com)

Suren reviews the inflammatory Sep 5th opinion piece by Harvard economist Ricardo Hausmann, titled Should Venezuela Default? The article caused interest rates on Venezuelan bonds to temporarily soar as investors balked at Hausmann’s calculated commentary regarding the nation he once served as planning minister, during Venezuela's era of neoliberal reign known as the 4th Republic.

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Victims of 2002 Venezuelan Coup Denounce Double Standards in Justice after Iván Simonovis’ Release

Yesenia Fuentes, president of the Association of Victims of April 11, 2002 (Asovic) speaking at a Press Conference on Llaguno br

Just blocks away from the Presidential Palace, stands Llaguno bridge, the site of a massacre during the April 2002 coup briefly removing Hugo Chavez from Venezuelan office. Today, the bridge was filled with family members of the victims who were demanding answers and justice following the release of former Police chief Iván Simonovis.

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Maduro Announces the Creation of the Communal Development Bank

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. (AVN)

On Tuesday, President Maduro announced the creation of the Communal Development Bank and the Presidential Council of Popular Communes as a new structure to bolster local popular power.

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Venezuela Poised to Win UN Security Council Seat with Unanimous Regional Support

Daughter of the late Hugo Chavez, Maria Gabriela Chavez is the alternate ambassador to the United Nations for Venezuela. (Presid

After the failed 2006 bid for a coveted seat on the United Nation's Security Council, Venezuela has unanimous backing from Latin American and Caribbean countries to win a two-year term.

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Maduro, Venezuelan Catholic Church Dispute “Chavista” Version of “The Lord’s Prayer”

The figure of Chavez is surrounded by spiritual imagery in Venezuela (Terra.com.ve)

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan Catholic Church have conflicted over the text of a poem which bishops claim amounts to a chavista version of “The Lord’s Prayer.”

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Maduro Announces 'Five Big Revolutions' in Venezuela, Overhauls Cabinet

Maduro announced a new stage of the revolution on Tuesday (VTV)

In declarations to the country on Tuesday night, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced what he described as "a new stage of the revolution", consisting of five designated areas of reform and a full-blown cabinet overhaul.

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Poll Sees Conflicting Approval Rates for Venezuelan President Maduro

Nicolas Maduro (archive)

Two conflicting reports over the same data – a poll by the private firm Hinterlaces – have pegged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s approval rating at 60 percent and 39 percent, respectively.

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Venezuelan Ministers Offer Resignations to President Maduro as Part of Government “Shake-Up”

 The move is part of a government “shake-up” – termed “the revolution within the Revolution” – announced last month

In an effort to more easily facilitate structural changes within the government, all ministers have offered their resignations to Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, a development confirmed last night by Vice President Jorge Arreaza.

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“15 Years Is Not Enough to Undertake a Revolution”: Interview with Venezuelan UNASUR Secretary Alí Rodríguez Araque

Ali Rodriguz Araque (archive)

Opposition-leaning Venezuelan newspaper El Universal interviewed Ali Rodriguez Araque recently, the current president of UNASUR, a top minister in the Chavez administration, and the next Venezuelan ambassador to Cuba. Rodriguez shares his thoughts on economic issues and the key future tasks of the Bolivarian project.

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