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US News: Venezuela: overwhelming victory of power in the regional elections

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Dans un bureau de vote à Caracas, sous l'oeil de Hugo Chavez, le 21 novembre 2021 © Federico Parra in a polling station in Caracas, under the eye of Hugo Chavez, November 21, 2021

The power of President Nicolas Maduro, whose re-election to the presidency From Venezuela in 2018 is not recognized by part of the international community, won an overwhelming victory in Sunday's regional elections, winning 20 governor positions and the town hall of Caracas.

File d'attente devant un bureau de vote, à Caracas, le 21 novembre 2021 © Cristian Hernandez queue in front of a polling station, in Caracas, November 21, 2021

"Beautiful triumph, beautiful victory, beautiful harvest, product of work," said President Maduro on television, speaking of "overwhelming results".

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State television speaks of "historical victory of the revolution" Chavist (named Hugo Chavez, Figure of the Latin American radical left and deceased predecessor of Mr. Madaro).

The divided opposition participated for the first time at a poll since 2017 after boycotted the presidential election and the legislative. Despite the speeches calling on the Union, she failed to unite.

It wins three states: the island of Nueva Esparta, Cojedes and especially the Zulia, the most populous oil state of the country whose capital is Maracaïbo, the second largest city of Venezuela.

"The card is predominantly red (colors of power) as it was to be expected," says the Politologist Luis Vicente Leon, pointing out that the "lamentable and absurd division of the opposition" cost him a "promised victory" in the State of Lara.

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The participation rate was 41.8% with 8.1 million voters from this country of 30 million inhabitants affected by an unprecedented economic crisis and hyper-inflation, according to the results announced in the evening By the National Electoral Council (CNE)

Le président vénézuélien Nicolas Maduro montre sa carte d'identité après avoir voté, à Caracas, le 21 novembre 2021 © Yuri Cortez The Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro shows his identity card after voting, in Caracas, November 21, 2021

before the announcement of the results, the opponent Hanrique Caprils, two second time of the presidential election, had issued reservations considering that the late closure of polling stations was a source of possible frauds: "Maduro and his party order the CNE not to close the offices when there are more voters ( ...) They will put us votes that do not exist, "he wrote on Twitter.

- Divided opposition -

The European Union had deployed an election mission, the first for 15 years. The mission will present a report on Tuesday.

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The Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino assured in a televised statement at the beginning of the evening that the day had taken place in "peace".

A person was killed by bullet near a voting center in San Francisco (Zulia, West). The Interior Minister promised an investigation, ensuring that it was not related to the election.

more than the result, the vote is considered important because it constitutes a starting point for both the power seeking to raise the sanctions that weigh on the country and for an opposition seeking to rebuild it before the presidential election of 2024.

Faced with economic sanctions, especially from the United States who want to oust Maduro of power, Caracas wants to loosen the vice and wanted this ballot to be proof of its legitimacy.

Caracas target including part of the funds outside are frozen: "To raise at least partially sanctions, especially those on oil," says Oswaldo Ramirez, consultant.

Maduro had made several concessions to give wages to the international community, reforming the CNE to include the opposition or inviting foreign observation missions (EU, UN, Carter Foundation).

, after boycotting the 2018 presidential election and the legislative of 2020, the divided opposition finally decided to go to the vote, hoping that it will allow it to impulse a positive dynamic for the purpose of the presidential. 2024.

Juan Guaido, without power but recognized acting president by about fifty countries, considers that "there is a certainty, Maduro is and will continue to be illegitimate."

"2021 begins on January 1, 2022," recalled before the ballot opponent, regretting the division.

"There is no possibility of fraud with the machines," said an electoral specialist of the opposition before the ballot, "but there may be coercion, persecution, motivation (purchase of Voice, service etc ...), an inequality of access to the media ".

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