Wednesday, January 19

Venezuela: the fierce political battle for Barinas, Chávez’s home state and his family’s electoral stronghold

  • Guillermo D. Olmo @BBCgolmo
  • BBC News World

Two women ride a motorcycle past a mural with the face of Hugo Chávez in Barinas.

Image source, YURI CORTEZ / Getty

The last elections in Venezuela are not over yet.

The battle for Barinas continues after the Supreme Court of Justice on Monday ordered the repetition of the governor’s election there in a controversial decision.

The Court recognized that the opposition candidate, Freddy Superlano, I had obtained more votes that Argenis Chávez, candidate of Chavismo and brother of the late President Hugo Chávez, but resolved that the vote be repeated on January 9 because Superlano had a previous disqualification imposed by the Comptroller’s Office.

The Supreme Court ruling came more than a week after the polling stations closed, amid delays in the announcement of the results and without impediments having been raised before to the candidacy of Superlano, whom the government had included before the elections in a list of convicted opponents pardoned by the decision of President Nicolás Maduro.

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