Briefing on this Sunday’s Presidential election in Venezuela

Our briefing outlining the key issues regarding this Sunday’s Presidential election, where Nicolas Maduro – Chávez’s favoured successor – is the overwhelming favourite to defeat Henrique Capriles Radonski, a state governor with strong ties to the country’s elite and backed by a right-wing coalition of parties. Polls show a strong lead for Maduro. However given…

Maduro has 16% lead according to final survey of the Polls

Nicolas Maduro goes into Sunday’s elections with a huge lead in the polls, according to the final survey of the polls carried out by the VSC. This shows: • The average lead for Nicolas Maduro is 16% • Nicolas Maduro scored an average 53% compared to 37% for his main rival Henrique Capriles. (See chart…

Capriles Attacks Venezuelan Electoral Council, Refuses to Sign Document

By TAMARA PEARSON Tonight rightwing candidate Henrique Capriles said that he will not sign a National Electoral Council (CNE) document to guarantee that he would recognise the results of the 14 April presidential elections. The document, requested by the government and written by the CNE, called ‘Commitment with Democracy’ was signed by pro-Chavez candidate Nicolas…

Venezuelan Government Releases Evidence that Opposition is Planning to not Recognise Election Results

By TAMARA PEARSON This morning United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) leader Diosdado Cabello presented evidence, including phone recordings, documents, and emails, allegedly proving that the opposition has plans to not recognise the 14 April presidential election results. Cabello played an audio recording of a phone conversation to the public in which Joao Nunes, Capriles’…

New WikiLeaks Cable Reveals US Embassy Strategy to Destabilize Chavez Government

In a secret US cable published online by WikiLeaks, former ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, outlines a comprehensive plan to infiltrate and destabilize former President Hugo Chavez’ government. Dispatched in November of 2006 by Brownfield — now an Assistant Secretary of State — the document outlined his embassy’s five core objectives in Venezuela since 2004,…

TUC’s Owen Tudor calls for international respect that the “people of Venezuela continue to determine their own future”

Owen Tudor’s Speech to VSC meeting (Respect the Will of the Venezuelan People – No to Right-Wing Destabilisation), 8 April 2013 Tonight I bring greetings from the TUC, and on behalf of the British trade union movement I want to send our solidarity to the people of Venezuela as they make one of their most…

Right-wing Opposition Destabilization Plans Intensify in Venezuela

Presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro has denounced attempts by right wing opposition members, supporters of Capriles Radonski, to destabilize the nation and artificially create the chaos and panic necessary for the right wing forces to overturn the 10-20 point advantage that all pollsters are giving to Maduro for the upcoming election this Sunday. The announcement, supported…

VIDEO: Elias Jaua has given detailed information of right-wing plans to destabilise the Venezuelan election

VIDEO: Elias Jaua has given detailed information of right-wing plans to destabilise the Venezuelan election

Venezuelan Ambassador Roy Chaderton: Chávez Won Yet another Fight in Washington

Roy Chaderton, Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), noted that the absence of representatives from 21 of 34 OAS member nations during a speech by the ruler of Paraguay , Federico Franco, on Friday, was yet another victory for revolutionary leader Hugo Chávez, whom he compared to El Cid for his ability…

US “donated” $15 million to anti-Chavez NGOs between 2004 and 2006

A document leaked by WikiLeaks reveals the U.S. five-step strategy to undermine ‘Chavismo’ in Venezuela through USAID assistance to NGOs. In a message sent to Washington in November 2006, the then U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela William Brownfield shows the results of his work from 2004, which had five stated objectives; to 1) Strengthen democratic institutions,…