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Socialist Candidates Win in 20 of 23 States in Venezuela

In regional elections held in Venezuela on Sunday, the gubernatorial candidates of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won in 20 out of 23 states. Venezuelan citizens turned out in high numbers to choose governors, which serve four-year terms.

According to Tibisay Lucena, the president of the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE), voter participation was 53.94 percent.

Lucena read the first preliminary bulletin last night, and said that the PSUV recovered the leadership of the states of Carabobo, Nueva Esparta, Táchira, and Zulia, areas once considered strategic bastions of opposition parties.

“We congratúlate the Venezuelan people once more for turning out to vote in an atmosphere of calm and with that characteristic civic spirit. Congratulations to the people of Venezuela who once again today went out and voted calmly and we have a new brilliant page in the country’s electoral history,” she said.

The PSUV won in the following states: Anzoátegui: Aristóbulo Istúriz (53.97%); Apure: Ramón Carrizales (59%); Aragua: Tareck El Aissami (52%); Barinas: Adán Chávez (54%); Bolívar: Francisco Rangel (48%); Cojedes: Erika Farías (59%); Delta Amacuro: Lizeta Hernández (71%); Falcón: Estella Lugo (48.28%); Guárico: Ramón Rodríguez Chacín (70%); Mérida: Alexis Ramírez (48%); Monagas: Yelipze Santaella (52%); Nueva Esparta: Carlos Mata Figueroa (52%); Portuguesa: Wilmar Castro (50%); Sucre: Luis Acuña (55.67%); Táchira: José Vielma Mora (44%); Trujillo: Henry Rangel Silva (80%); Vargas: Jorge García Carneiro ( 60%); Yaracuy: Julio León (57%); Zulia: Francisco Arias Cárdenas (54%).

Opposition parties retained the governorships of Lara (with candidate Henry Falcón), Amazonas (Liborio Guarulla) and Miranda (Henrique Capriles).

Over 17.4 million people were registered to vote in the regional elections, of which 186,036 are foreign nationals allowed to vote under article 64 of the constitution.

Voting centers were open from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., according to CNE Vice President Sandra Oblitas, who announced the official closure of the polls last night.

Voters also chose 237 regional legislators.

Telesur / Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / December 17, 2012

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