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June 27, 2008

Venezuela’s Local Election Races Heat Up

Filed under: Daily News Roundup — VenWorld @ 9:34 am
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Polls show that former education minister under President Chavez, Aristobulo Isturiz (pictured at right), is leading the race for mayor of Caracas. Bloomberg reports that a pollster explained: “The people’s affection is still with the president. Even though his popularity has fallen, there is no substitute, no alternative, no other message for the poor.” Meanwhile, opposition candidates are leading in 4 of 5 smaller Caracas municipalities. Local elections will take place in November.

In regional news, Presidents Chavez and Lula meet today in Venezuela. El Universal reports that the leaders will discuss Venezuela’s entry into the trading bloc Mercosur, as well as the possibility of brokering more humanitarian hostage releases in Colombia. Communications ministers from across the region are expected to gather in Venezuela in the coming months, also according to El Universal. Reuters reports that Venezuela’s Vice President Ramon Carrizales was just in Russia, where he met with President Putin.

Two interesting opinion pieces appear today. A column in Axis of Logic argues that President Chavez is not anti-American, and that he provides “solid support for America” through initiatives like the discounted heating oil program under Citgo. Chavez’s “commitment to democracy, egalitarianism and civil liberties” is highlighted. A Washington Post column considers U.S. foreign policy in the Americas, advocating trade relationships in which Latin American business leaders take initiatives.

In cultural news, the San Francisco Chronicle reviews a local Venezuelan restaurant, and the Florida Times-Union writes about how public art in Caracas is allowing Venezuelans to have an active engagement with the history of their country.

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2 Comments »

  1. By the way, it is interesting that they cite Hinterlaces — it’s the polling firm that has a history of giving absurdly low ratings for Chávez, far less than what turn out to be the case

    Comment by Utpal — June 27, 2008 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  2. So true! Most of the polling firms in Venezuela are partial, and Hinterlaces is known for its anti-government bias.

    Comment by VenWorld — June 30, 2008 @ 10:31 am | Reply


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