CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held a rare meeting with opponents on Wednesday, challenging them to collect signatures to oust him in 2016 if they wanted but to work with him in the meantime.
Maduro invited opposition mayors and governors to Miraflores presidential palace in an attempt to draw a line after four bitterly-fought elections in Venezuela in little over a year.
CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday that saboteurs used a gun to bring down a power cable and plunge more than half of Venezuela into darkness earlier this month.
As well as causing chaos on the streets, the December 2 blackout sparked an immediate blame game. The government accused right-wing foes of an attack, while opponents said the outage was due to incompetent management of the electric grid.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party and allies took 10 percentage points more votes than opposition rivals in Sunday’s election for mayors that was a test of strength for President Nicolas Maduro, final results showed on Friday.
Though the ballot for mayors in the South American nation was a symbolic victory for Maduro’s sometimes shaky-looking presidency, it also underlined the strength of his opponents in urban centers and the deep divisions of Venezuelan society.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Phantom businesses account for about 40 percent of buyers of dollars through Venezuela’s currency control system this year in a massive fraud costing the OPEC nation billions of dollars, the country’s intelligence chief said.
Miguel Rodriguez Torres, who is also interior minister, said a new crackdown on the currency con would spare neither corrupt officials nor unscrupulous businessmen.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s murder rate has fallen by about a quarter this year, the government says, dismissing opponents’ talk of ever-rising crime as propaganda.
Violent crime has been Venezuelans’ No. 1 concern in recent years. Awash with guns, the South American nation is one of the world’s most violent, with an official homicide rate of about 52 per 100,000 people last year, or more than 15,000 victims.
CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government won a majority of votes in Venezuela’s local elections on Sunday, disappointing the opposition and helping his quest to preserve the late Hugo Chavez’s socialist legacy.
With votes in from three-quarters of the nation’s 337 mayoral races, the ruling party and allies had combined 49.2 percent support, compared with the opposition coalition and its partners’ 42.7 percent, the election board said.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans voted in municipal elections on Sunday that are the biggest political test yet for President Nicolas Maduro as he tries to halt an economic slide and preserve the socialist legacy of his late mentor, Hugo Chavez.
The outcome of ballots to choose 337 mayors and around 2,500 councilors will be seen as a sign of Maduro’s strength, nine months after Chavez died from cancer and he narrowly beat opposition leader Henrique Capriles to win the presidency.
CARACAS, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Nationwide local polls this
weekend are President Nicolas Maduro’s first electoral test
since taking power and will show what Venezuelans think of his
socialist government’s radical response to deepening economic
Sunday’s vote for 337 mayors’ and 2,523 council posts is
theoretically a local affair, with humdrum issues such as
pot-holes and street-lights sure to influence voters.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s second massive power outage of the year plunged much of the nation into darkness on Monday night, prompting renewed talk of sabotage from President Nicolas Maduro’s government and cries of incompetence from its foes.
Power went off in Caracas and other cities around the country soon after 8 p.m. local time (0030 GMT), to the intense annoyance of residents and commuters.
CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Venezuela manager Cesar Farias resigned on Saturday after his failure to secure a first-ever World Cup qualification for the nation who missed out on next year’s finals.
“Sadly, we couldn’t achieve our main goal to classify for the World Cup in Brazil,” the 40-year-old Venezuelan said, announcing his resignation in an open letter to fans.