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Opposition Primaries Plagued by High Abstention as Party Elites Sow Divisions

The MUD primary saw high rates of abstention following an elitist selection process (Lapatilla)

Amid notably low turnout, Venezuelan opposition voters went to the polls over the weekend to choose 42 parliamentary candidates for the country’s rightwing Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition in the run-up to National Assembly elections later this year. 

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Operation Jericho Airforce Officials Sentenced to 4-8 Years

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladmir Padrino Lopez announces the sentencing of 8 airforce officials implicated in last year'

Eight Venezuelan military officials charged with involvement in last year’s infamous “Operation Jericho” plot against President Nicolas Maduro have been sentenced by a military court to between four and eight years in prison.

 

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Venezuelan Policeman Receives 18 Year Sentence for Murder of Teen

The sentencing of the officer responsible for Roa Nunez's death marks another step in the battle against police impunity. (

A policeman charged with murdering a 14 year old boy at an anti-government protest in Venezuela earlier this year has been sentenced to 18 years behind bars by a Tachira court.  

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Indicted Caracas Mayor Transferred to House Arrest Due to Health Complications

The Mayor was arrested on February 19th for his alleged links to illegal subversive groups (Credit: teleSUR)

Antonio Ledezma, the Caracas Metropolitan Mayor arrested in February and since charged with sedition, will be transferred to his private residence later this week where he will await trial under house arrest.

 

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Tensions Rise as Spain Recalls Ambassador to Venezuela

The Spanish government under Prime Minister Rajoy has been racked by high-profile corruption cases which along with its harsh au

Caracas, April 23, 2015 (venezuelanalysis.com) - Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez criticized Spain yesterday, accusing the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy of having "crossed the line" in failing to show respect for the Bolivarian nation.

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Venezuelan Government Confronts Forex Scammers with New Measures

Since 2003, Venezuela has maintained currency exchange controls aimed at curbing inflation. | (Photo: Venezuelanalysis/ Ryan Mal

Venezuelan government officials have announced new measures to reduce commonly practiced forex scams which have long dogged the country’s economy.

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Chile's Michelle Bachelet Refuses to Meet with Venezuelan Opposition Leader's Wife

Lilian Tintori (L) and Mitzi Capriles (Voluntad Popular)

The wives of jailed opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma arrived in the Chilean capital on Sunday with the objective of meeting with president Michelle Bachelet, but were not received.

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Venezuelan Anti-Imperialist Petition Reaches Ten Million Signatures

The signatures have been verified by Venezuela’s National Electoral Committee, which has confirmed that the petition has a 1.3

Over ten million Venezuelans have signed the petition, which demands that the Obama administration revoke the Executive Order released on March 9th branding Venezuela a “national security threat”. 

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Accused Human Rights Abusers Accuse Venezuela of Rights Abuses

The group of former heads of state includes ex Colombian President, Alvaro Uribe, accused of having links to paramilitary organi

A group of former heads of state issued a joint statement Thursday accusing Venezuela of human rights abuses, even though many of the signatories have themselves faced allegations of committing human rights violations while in office.

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Venezuela Withdraws from OAS Civil Society Forum in Solidarity with Cuba

A woman holds a banner from the protest in Panama - “#GetOutChe’sAssassin, #OurIndependentAmerica #GetOutMercenaries” (Ism

Both Cuba and Venezuela have withdrawn from the 7th Summit of the Americas’ Civil Society Forum, which began in Panama yesterday, after a number of counter-revolutionary and terrorist Cubans were invited to the event. One of the summit attendees is the ex-CIA official, Félix Rodríguez Mendigutía, notorious for his role in the assassination of Argentinian revolutionary, Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader, Maria Corina Machado, Faces Panama Lawsuit

A group of civil and social organisations have revealed that they will be pursuing a legal case against the former Venezuelan le

As the Panama summit approaches, Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado faces a class-action lawsuit for addressing the Organization of American States (OAS) in the capacity of the body's official Panamanian representative last year. 

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Website “Dolar Today” Causing “Irreparable Damage” to Venezuela, says Owner of Forex Centre

A screen shot of the website's exchange rates: the first one is bolivars per dollar by wire transfer, the second is for cas

Carlos Dorado, Venezuelan entrepreneur and owner of one of the country’s longest standing currency exchange centres, ItalCambio, has launched a public plea to remove the website “Dolar Today” due to the “irreparable damage” which the website is causing to the national economy.

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Over 5 Million Venezuelans Sign Letter Urging Repeal of Obama's Executive Order

One of the signing points in Caracas (CorreodelOrinoco)

Over 5 million Venezuelans have voiced their opposition to the Executive Order issued by the White House on March 9, which brands Venezuela an "unusual and extraordinary threat" and imposes new sanctions. The Bolivarian government has also handed over an official request for the Obama administration to revoke the Order to the U.S. embassy in Caracas. 

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Hooded Militants Launch Molotov Attack on Bolivarian University in Tachira State

The group also set fire to a vehicle belonging to state water company, Hidrosuroeste, earlier in the day (entornointeligente).

Around 15 masked militants attempted to storm the building with molotov cocktails on Monday evening before entering into violent altercations with the Bolivarian National Police force. 

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Venezuelans Mobilize in Marches and Military Exercises in Defense of Sovereignty Against U.S. Aggression

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, alongside his wife and "first combatant," Cilia Flores, addressing marchers in C

Over 100,000 Venezuelans mobilized throughout the country for a series of national military exercises in defense of their national national sovereignty on Saturday. They were also joined by a contingency from Russia. 

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