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Hugo's Still in Charge

Chavez achieved a sustained rate of economic growth outstripping that of most of Latin America and he put these resources to use tackling the most acute issues of poverty, health and education. These elections show that Chavez now faces a more specific but equally imperative challenge, that of radically improving the infrastructure, and with it, the efficiency and quality of life in the country's main cities.

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United Socialist Party of Venezuela Wins 81% of Mayoral Offices in Elections

President Chavez holds up a copy of the national constitution of Venezuela during his post-election press conference. (PP)
Candidates from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 81% of the mayor’s offices and 77% of the governorships in Venezuela in last Sunday’s regional and local elections, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced in a press conference Monday evening.

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Victory for Venezuela’s Socialists in Crucial Elections – November 2008

The pro-Chavez United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 72% of the governorships in the November 23, 2008 elections and 58% of the popular vote, dumbfounding the predictions of most of the pro-capitalist pollsters and the vast majority of the mass media who favored the opposition.

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The Revolution Stumbles

The loss by the Chavistas of the main cities in Venezuela is a huge blow, and threatens the survival of the project.

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Venezuelan Political Leaders React Positively to Regional Election Results

Mario Silva, loosing PSUV candidate for the state of Carabobo, talks to the press. (YVKE)
After the results of the regional elections came out, winning candidates of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) committed to strengthening socialism in their states, while winning opposition candidates emphasized security and said they want to work with the national government.

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Opposition Also Wins Tachira and Carabobo States in Regional Elections

Red: PSUV win - Blue: Oppositon win - White: no election - arrows: switch towards the opposition (AFP)
This morning Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) announced that the opposition won in two more states, in Tachira and Carabobo, which had been too close to call last night.

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Venezuelan Voters Excited To Participate in Elections

Two Venezuelan voters proudly show off their ink stained fingers, proof of their participation. (Tamara Pearson/venezuelanalysis.com)
Observing the electoral process in Venezuela revealed a country that is losing the apathy that is common at such elections, and as many voters said, gaining a sense of responsibility to participate politically.

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Chávez Supporters Win 17 out of 23 Venezuelan States, but Lose 3 Most Populous

CNE President Tibisay Lucena (center) announces the first official results of the November 23 regional and local elections.
President Hugo Chavez’s governing party, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) got mixed results in the regional and local elections today, winning strongly in 17 out of 23 states, but losing the country’s two most populous states and the Capital District of Caracas, with two more states still to be decided.

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A Local Perspective on the Communist-Socialist Party Split in Venezuela

There is a unique local context in every state and municipality where the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) are running separate candidates in this Sunday’s regional and local elections, and each instance bears particular implications for the future path of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution.

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Venezuela's Elections of November 23: A Briefing

In recent years, media coverage of Venezuelan elections has been misleading, repeating claims made by opponents of the democratically elected government of Hugo Chávez. This briefing outlines some key facts concerning the forthcoming election, previous elections, and the Venezuelan government's democratic mandate.

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