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Venezuela: Ruling Party Cements Hold on Power Through Election

Jul 31, 2017 | 17:39 GMT

The results are in. Venezuela's National Electoral Council announced July 31 that the voter turnout in support of the new constituent assembly reached 8.1 million votes, while the opposition claimed that only 2.5 million people voted. The government's claim, however, is likely untrue. After all, the 2012 presidential elections of former President Hugo Chavez, when the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) was still popular, received over 8 million votes. Still, allies of the PSUV managed to win all 545 seats in the new legislative body on July 30, despite violent confrontations between government forces and opposition protesters. Among the elected representatives for the new constituent assembly are former head of Congress Diosdado Cabello, former Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz and former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez....

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