Big progress for the opposition in Venezuela’s municipal electionsDecember 12th, 2013 News | Venezuela
Sunday, December 8, municipal elections were held in Venezuela. Together with the independent candidates, the United Opposition, MUD, received 50.75 percent of the votes, and thereby became bigger than the Chavistas.
According to an official statement by Tibisay Lucena, President of the National Electoral Council, the national turnout was 58.92 percent and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV, obtained only 49.24 percent of the votes.
The United Opposition triumphed in major municipalities such as Maracaibo, Valencia, Iribarren, San Cristobal, Naguanagua and Barinas, the birthplace of the late Hugo Chavez. They will also govern five of the districts in the Municipality of Caracas, however, Libertador, the largest municipality of the Venezuelan Capital District, will be governed by the PSUV.
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