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Wives of jailed Venezuelan
opposition mayors win in polls

BBC News, by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:PageTurner, 5/26/2014 12:25:49 PM

The wives of two jailed opposition mayors in Venezuela have won elections to replace them. The two women, whose husbands were sentenced earlier this year over their failure to contain opposition protests, won by a landslide. Venezuela has been disrupted by mass anti-government protests since early February. Talks between the government and the opposition to resolve the crisis are currently stalled. Patricia Gutierrez won 73% of the vote in the western city of San Cristobal, while Rosa Brandonisio won in the central city of San Diego with 88%.

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More great election news this weekend, this time from Venezuela, accompanying the rightwing victory in Colombia and the anti-EU victories in England and France. Coming on the heels of the blowout rightwing victory in India and the rightwing victories in Israel, Canada and Australia. Hang on, world, we are coming to join you starting in November!

Notice what a shambles Venezuela has become, look at that Detroit-like city background. And notice that none of the voters - not one - standing in line is willing to wear red. They just don´t wear red.

      


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