Venezuela opposition hopes for victory in regional elections

A protester holds a mock 100 Bolivare banknote with word 'Hungry' written on it at an anti-government protest

A protester holds a mock 100 Bolivare banknote with word 'Hungry' written on it at an anti-government protest

The international community has condemned a crackdown on the opposition and the installation of a new pro-Maduro assembly.

Maduro's popularity has taken a nose-dive in recent years, mostly due to a severe three-year-long economic crisis and his failure to tackle corruption in the public sector.

Venezuela's opposition is projected in polls to win a majority of governorships in Sunday's election.

National Assembly President Julio Borges plans to leave Venezuela over the weekend to attend an international parliamentary forum in St. Petersburg and meet with Russian lawmakers.

Odebrecht acknowledged in a U.S. Justice Department plea agreement that it paid bribes throughout Latin America to secure lucrative contracts. Thats almost 9% of Mirandas 2.4 million-plus voters relocated between Tuesday and Thursday.

"We have managed to integrate a tribunal thanks to the international support and above it all, thanks to Venezuelan people", Miguel Angel Martin, who was named chairman of the TSJ by the National Assembly, said at the ceremony that was attended by OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro. The Venezuelan Embassy in Moscow and the Russian Foreign Ministry didn't respond to requests for comment. Since then, the AN and TSJ have repeatedly butted heads, with the courts striking down most major pieces of opposition legislation. SHE said her team had supplied the US with evidence "compromising" top officials in the leftist administration of President Nicolas Maduro. "We are not avoiding these contacts". The special presidential election was convened shortly after the death of Hugo Chavez and Maduro was running a tight race with opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.

"The real test will come after the election as the government will either face a very different map with at least half of the governorships in the hands of the opposition, or will have to carry out some inelegant political maneuvers that will likely carry significant political costs", said Smilde. "The people of Venezuela will respond with dignity and firmness to the imperialist attacks, to guarantee the economic sovereignty of the country", Mr. Maduro tweeted in response to the latest round of US sanctions.But with so much of Venezuela's main export servicing the government's debt rather than its people, it is difficult to see what sovereignty he might have been referring to.A proud nation is now indentured.

It is unclear how much more room the government has to cut imports. The association of more than 170 parliaments around the world, which is holding a congress in Russia's former imperial capital, didn't respond to a request for comment. "They have lost an average of 8 kilos (17.6 pounds) per person", Cardenas said.

But if other branches of government obstruct them from actually governing, such accusations would surely resurface.

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