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Court upholds ban on candidates

August 06, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled that a list barring hundreds of candidates suspected of corruption from running in elections is constitutional, despite complaints that it singles out opponents of President Hugo Chavez.

The list, released in February by the country's top anti-corruption official, prevents 272 mostly opposition-aligned politicians from running in November's state and municipal elections.

Comptroller General Clodosbaldo Russian, a close Chavez ally, argued that he has the right under law to impose restrictions on potential candidates suspected of corruption.

None of those on the list has been sentenced.

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