CARACAS, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Venezuelans vote 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 radical socialist legacy of his late mentor
The outcome of the ballots to choose 337 mayors and 2,523
councillors 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 3 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas
Maduro said on Tuesday he had proof that a massive power outage
was caused by saboteurs aiming to throw the country into chaos
before municipal elections this weekend.
The blackout on Monday night was the second major power
outage the year, plunging much of the country into darkness and
prompting accusations of government incompetence from the
CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government said on
Saturday it was temporarily occupying the local subsidiary of
multinational packaging company Smurfit Kappa, accusing
the company of using its dominant position in the market to
In the run-up to Dec. 8 municipal elections, President
Nicolas Maduro’s government has launched an “economic offensive”
to try to win over voters fed up with chronic shortages of basic
goods and annual inflation of 54 percent.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said a stricter wave of inspections for suspected price-gouging would begin on Saturday in an aggressive pre-election “economic offensive” aimed at taming the highest inflation in the Americas.
“We’re not joking, we’re defending the rights of the majority, their economic freedom,” Maduro said on Friday, alleging price irregularities were found in nearly 99 percent of 1,705 businesses inspected so far this month.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Venezuela on Saturday to pressure President Nicolas Maduro’s government before December 8 local elections after their leader denounced the pre-dawn arrest of one of his aides.
The vote for control of 335 municipalities will be the first big test of Maduro’s political strength after he narrowly defeated his opposition rival, Henrique Capriles, in a presidential election in April.
CARACAS, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of opposition
supporters marched in Venezuela on Saturday to pressure
President Nicolas Maduro’s government before Dec. 8 local
elections after their leader denounced the pre-dawn arrest of an
The vote for control of 335 municipalities will be the first
big test of Maduro’s political strength after he narrowly
defeated his opposition rival, Henrique Capriles, to win a
presidential election in April.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leader said state agents arrested one of his aides on Saturday before planned marches across the country to pressure President Nicolas Maduro’s government in the run-up to December 8 municipal elections.
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Twitter that his national tours coordinator, Alejandro Silva, was forcibly taken from a Caracas hotel room by military intelligence agents.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan lawmakers granted President Nicolas Maduro yearlong decree powers on Tuesday that he says are essential to regulate the economy and stamp out corruption but adversaries view as a power grab.
Hundreds of supporters of the ruling Socialist Party cheered outside the National Assembly as the so-called Enabling Law was passed, while a recording of Maduro’s late predecessor, Hugo Chavez, singing Venezuela’s anthem rang out inside the hall.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Choking traffic, causing pileups and even ambushing drivers, Venezuela’s hordes of motorcyclists are an increasingly high-profile problem for the new government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Denounced in the media as a “plague,” they provide essential, cheap transport but are often held responsible for anarchy on the roads and the terrifying number of homicides, kidnappings and armed robberies that beset the South American country.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Prosecutors in Venezuela are investigating members of its national motorsports teams for possible currency violations, officials said on Thursday, and the sports minister said tens of millions of dollars were claimed by people forging her signature.
A decade of currency controls has led to a shortage of dollars at the official rate of 6.3 bolivars, and huge profits for those who can access greenbacks and then resell them on the black market for about seven times that price.