The exit polls in the Venezuelan election showed a victory for Mr. Capriles of around 4-5 percent, and in the Province of Carabobo of 13-15 percent. The election showed a historically high turnout of 80% of the nearly 19 million registered voters, in a country where voting is not mandatory.

However, when the Central Election Committee (CEC) presented its result it gave Mr. Chavez 54.42 percent and Mr. Capriles 44.97. This result was published by the CEC before they had received the acts. (more…)

September 27, the home stadium of President Hugo Chávez’s favorite baseball team, Navegantes del Magallanes, was filled with thousands of people in support of his main political rival, Henrique Capriles Radonski, who held his closing rally in the state of Carabobo. Capriles expressed his gratitude to the thousands of people congregated at the José Bernardo Pérez de Valencia stadium. (more…)

Enrique Riera to the Senate

September 26th, 2012   Latin America | News

Mr. Enrique Riera, leader of the group Movimiento Dignidad Republicana in the Partido Colorado of Paraguay steps down from his presidential bid in favor of leading his party group in the upcoming race to the senate. While postponing his presidential ambitions to 2018, Mr. Riera expects his group to get at least five of its candidates on the Partido Colorado list. (more…)

In newsletter no. 5/2012 you can read about a number of important elections that will take place during the fall of 2012: In Belarus, Ukraine, Venezuela and Georgia.

Hopes run high that the elections in Georgia will be entirely up to international standards. Expectations are also raised that the (almost) united opposition in Ukraine will breathe fresh life into the country’s dwindling democracy and that Henrique Capriles win the presidential elections in Venezuela. Though, the hopes are low for the elections in Belarus, where President Lukashenko is further cementing his authoritarian regime.

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Participants in Nicaragua at the conference for women.

February 23-27, 2012 a seminar for Latin American women was arranged in Montelimar, Nicaragua by the jarl Hjalmarson Foundation. The subject was empowerment of women in politics. 45 participnats from El Salvador (ARENA), Guatemala (PU), Nicaragua (PC), Panamá (CD), Dominican Republic (FNP) and Paraguay (MDR) were trained by Azalia Avilés, Vicepresident of IWDU, Maria José Argaña, Ex Minister for the Women in Paraguay, Cristina Aguiar, Vice Minister for the Department of Human Rights at the Foreign Minister in the Dominican Republic, Vilma de Fröhlich, Consuler of the Central American Bank of Economic Integration and Javier Loaiza, Director of the Political School Tomás Moro in Colombia. (more…)

Report by the International Republican Institute, May 6, 2012

The International Republican Institute, IRI, today released its survey of Cuban public opinion.  The survey was fielded on the island February 29-March 14, 2012.  A total of 787 Cuban adults were asked questions ranging from access to internet and cell phone usage, to the performance of the current Castro government and expectations for change.  The IRI survey also asked Cubans their opinions about economic reforms which have been highly publicized in the international media. (more…)

Norman Quijano, Mayor of San Salvador and up for reelection.

Sunday March 11, legislative and municipal elections will take place in El Salvador. Opinion polls confirm the decline of the support of  president Mauricio Funes (FMLN) and his government. A survey carried out by Mitofsky in February 2012 shows an increasing mistrust in the Government, as no improvement has been made, rather the contrary. The positive approval rates of the president has fallen 17 percent, and currently six out of ten Salvadorians believe that Funes has lost control over the Government and that he is also  losing control of the country.

When  president Mauricio Funes assumed the presidency 35  percent of the respondent in the polls believed that he didn’t have control over the country, today the aqivalent number is 60 percent. In November 2009, 22 percent estimated that the Funes Government was not what they had expected, now a 62 percent shares this opinion. (more…)

Henrique Capriles, a governor, former legislator and founder of the center-right Justice First party, February 12, 2012, won the nomination of a broad coalition of Venezuela’s opposition parties – called the Democratic Unity Panel. Mr. Capriles will face off in October elections against Hugo Chávez, since 13 years the authoritarian leader of Venezuela. “Analysts believe Venezuela’s oft-divided opposition, which for the moment has put its differences aside, has the best chance to oust the president at the polls— if it is able to stay united”, writes the Wall Street Journal.

Following the election Henrique Capriles was slandered by state media stating, among other things that “This is our enemy, the Zionism that Capriles today represents”. “Zionism, along with capitalism, are responsible for “90% of world poverty and imperialist wars.” (more…)

The target audience of the Foundation in Latin America is decision-makers on all levels in society, but youths and women are especially notable. The Jarl Hjalmarsson Foundation is educating female decision-makers in order to strengthen their role in society. By boosting their capacity and ambition, the Foundation encourages them to take part more actively in political life, with the end-result that democracy is strengthened regionally.

The Foundation’s focus on female politicians was initially resisted by numerous of its cooperative parties which were dominated by men. However, the Foundation stood its ground, always keeping the superordinate goal of democracy in mind, and a series of educations for women was started. (more…)

Marcelo Schrubbe.

Political winds in Latinamerica was the theme of a seminar held in Stockholm May 3, 2011. Eduardo Quiñónez, Chairman of the Youth Section of the ARENA party in El Salvador’s capital San Salvador and Marcelo Schrubbe, local politicians in Blumenau and Chairman of the Youth of the Democrats, in Brazil, visited Sweden and the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation. The audience learned about their political work and development in their respective countries.

“61 percent of the population is under 30 and a third of them tell us that they are interested in politics. It is group that we in the ARENA Youth Section want to reach before the 2012 elections, said Eduardo Quiñónez.

He told that the issues that young people in El Salvador are most interested in are: economy, education, environment and safety. The latter is a question of being able to live without fear for criminal gangs that are a reality particular in the capital, San Salvador. (more…)