Venezuelan socialists run the risk of losing power in the hometown of late leaders.

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File photo: On October 29, 2021, in Caracas, Venezuela, pro-government supporters are holding a poster of the late President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela during an event by the ruling party’s candidate for mayor of Caracas, Carmen Melendez. Taken on October 29, 2021.Reuters / Leonardo Fernandez Virolia / File Photos

November 25, 2021

Caracas (Reuters) -Venezuela was waiting for election results from the hometown of former President Hugo Chavez, home of the ruling Socialist Party, four days after millions of people voted in a regional contest in South America on Thursday.

According to a tally provided by the National Election Council on Monday, President Nicolas Maduro’s socialists won 19 of the 23 governors in a Sunday vote, while opponents won three.

One holdout is in Barinas, western Venezuela, where Argenis Chavez, the current governor and brother of the late Venezuelan leader, is running for re-election as a socialist. Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, was from the state.

Freddie Superlano, a member of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, says he is confident that he will show that he has won the race when the results are announced. He claims that the majority of them are based on a scrutinized polling sheet.

Super Rano’s victory in Barinas is largely symbolic, as it leaves the opposition with the same number of four governors as before the election.

Delays in results could also put the country’s new election council under the microscope. In May, the government agreed to allow two opposition officials to a five-member council. The council did not respond to requests for comment.

The United States and many other Western nations have been legal in Venezuela since Maduro was declared the winner of the 2018 elections, which was described as fraudulent by many of Washington, the European Union, and many of Venezuela’s neighbors. Refused to admit as a good president.

The EU’s election monitoring mission is in Barinas, said Isabel Santos, who is responsible for the mission. Earlier this week, she said Venezuela’s local elections were held in better terms than previous contests, but did not say whether voting was free and fair.

She added that the final report of the mission will be delivered at the end of January or early February.

Diosdad Cabello, Venezuelan Socialist Vice President, has severely criticized the EU’s mission.

“They (observers) say they’ll be coming in January, but do you think you can always come to Venezuela? No, my friend, not!” Cabello said Wednesday.

(Report by Vivian Sequera, Mayela Armas y Deisy Buitrago, Written by Sarah Kinosian, Edited by Paul Simao)

Venezuelan socialists run the risk of losing power in the hometown of late leaders

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