Venezuelans head to the polls for the fourth time in less that 1 year, this time, to elect the new president for the 2019-2025 term.


The vote takes places amid unprecedented pressure against the South American nation, including sanctions from the U.S. and E.U. which look to exacerbate the economic downturn faced by the OPEC member state since the steep drop in oil prices in 2014.


The country has also seen violent, opposition protests that looked to capitalize on the difficulties faced by Venezuelans, including rolling shortages and erratic pricing of goods and medicines, amid the factors that officials say constitute an 'economic war' against the country.


Some sectors of the country's political opposition have participated in Unasur facilitated dialogues, but did not sign a much-anticipated agreement.


teleSUR looks at the issues surrounding this elections, as well as the process and history of what some consider to be the most secure electoral system in the region, if not the world.





    NOVEMBER 14, 2017

    Venezuela: Between Economic War, Sanctions and Debt Squeeze

    In his efforts to undermine the socialist government of Salvador Allende, U.S. President Richard Nixon famously gave the orders to make Chile's economy "scream."


    This is precisely the situation Venezuela is facing, with U.S. sanctions limiting its ability to issue bonds while markets limit access to credit and transnational companies leave the country.

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     25 FEBRUARY 2018

    Venezuela Accuses Chile of Obstructing Dialogue in DR

    Through Twitter, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister indicated that his counterpart from Chile hindered the dialogue process from the first day.


    Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced on Saturday that his Chilean counterpart, Heraldo Muñoz, dedicated himself to hindering the process of dialogue between the Venezuelan Government and the opposition that took place in the Dominican Republic.

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    24 JANUARY 2018

    The Origin Story Behind New EU Sanctions Against Venezuela

    As a fresh round of sanctions is imposed by the European Union against Venezuela, teleSUR takes a closer look at the reasoning behind the latest embargo.


    What do the EU sanctions against Venezuela prohibit?


    The sanctions approved in Brussels, Belgium, on November 13 last year align with those imposed by Washington, DC – targeting 30 top Venezuelan officials,

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Nicolas Maduro served is various senior post in the various administrations of late president Hugo Chavez, including as head of the National Assembly, Foreign Minister and Vice President.


Maduro comes from working class roots and was active in Venezuela's trade union and socialist movement. As such, has been repeatedly attacked as 'unqualified' by Venezuela's opposition.


The incumbent is being supported a number of political parties and movements that comprise the Great Patriotic Pole, or GPP.

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Despite having a military background, Falcon left the armed forces well before beginning his political career. He was elected as a delegate to the 1999 National Constituent Assembly from Lara State, before going on to serve as Mayor of Barquisimeto and later, governor of Lara State until he lost the seat in the 2017 elections.


Falcon was affiliated with the pro-Chavez Homeland for All party and was elected governor of Lara State as a candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in 2008, before leaving the ranks of Chavismo due to his opposition for the 2009 Venezuelan Constitutional Referendum.


He is being supported as the presidential candidate by opposition parties including Progressive Advance, Movement for Socialism, COPEI and the Ecologist Party.

There are at least four other candidates contesting for the presidential spot.


Reinaldo Quijada is being supported by the '89' Popular Political Unity.


Evangelical pastor Javier Bertucci, the leader of the Maranatha Pentecostal Church, is running as an independent on a vow to “bring Jesus” to Venezuela.


Luis Alejandro Ratti is also an evangelical pastor, but prior to that he was a leader of a group called the Hugo Chavez Bolivarian Front.

26 FEBRUARY 2018

Registration Begins for Venezuela Presidential Elections

The window for candidate registration will close Tuesday, Feb. 27.


Venezuela's National Electoral Council, or CNE, opened official registration for candidates wishing to participate in the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for April 22.


Starting Monday, the CNE will be accepting formal applications from the candidates. The window for candidate registration will close Tuesday, Feb. 27.

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Venezuela: Dialogue Ends as Presidential Elections Begin

Government spokesman Jorge Rodriguez said that, on the eve of the scheduled signing, the opposition received a phone call from Colombia and decided to withdraw from the dialogue.


In a new but not unusual turn of events, Venezuela's opposition Democratic Unity Table (MUD)

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11 FEBRUARY 2018

The Combat Order Was Given: Santos' War Against Venezuela

War preparations already began.


International media loudly spread the idea that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's trip to Latin America and the Caribbean was designed to align the region against Venezuela and pressure Caracas by increasing economic sanctions

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19 FEBRUARY 2018

WSJ’s Epic Distortion of Colombian and Venezuelan Refugees

Colombia is a humanitarian and human rights disaster and has been for decades, in very large part due to its close alliance with the United States


A Wall Street Journal article by Juan Forero (2/13/18) ran with the headline “Venezuela’s Misery Fuels Migration on Epic Scale.”

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20 FEBRUARY 2018

Venezuela Decides to Hold Presidential Elections, the Opposition Chooses to Boycott Democracy

The Venezuelan opposition is seriously divided and cannot agree on an electoral tactic much less a platform other then getting rid of Maduro.

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27 FEBRUARY 2018

 How Voting Works in Venezuela

Venezuela's election process has been lauded by numerous organizations and observers not only for its high turnout, but also for the transparency and checks involved in the voting and scrutiny.


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said "of the 92 elections that we've monitored, I would say that the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world."


Below are all the elements involved in the vote.

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