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September 28, 2010 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
Despite a strong showing by opposition candidates in national elections, President Hugo Chavez's supporters maintained control of Venezuela's Congress, according to preliminary results released Monday. Chavez supporters won at least 96 of 165 seats in the elections Sunday, compared with at least 61 seats won by opposition candidates with the Democratic Unity Table coalition, based on partial results from the National Electoral Council. A splinter socialist party called the PPT won at least two seats, and six seats remained up in the air. The results, if confirmed when final tallies become available, will leave Chavez without the two-thirds congressional majority he has enjoyed in recent years and which gave his government automatic approval of proposals.
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April 19, 2013 | By Charles Shapiro
Venezuela's National Electoral Council declared Nicolas Maduro, the handpicked successor of the late President Hugo Chavez, the winner in the presidential election Sunday. But it was a victory in a compromised system that tilted the table in his favor. FOR THE RECORD: Venezuela: The biographical information in an April 19 Op-Ed on the Venezuelan election misreported the name of an L.A. organization. It is the Pacific Council on International Policy, not the Pacific Council on International Affairs.
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NEWS
December 7, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Former Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez, who staged a failed bloody coup six years ago, was elected president of Venezuela on Sunday--a stunning blow to the political and economic establishment that has ruled the country during 40 years of democracy. People poured into the streets, dancing, setting off fireworks and honking horns in celebration of what many viewed as a victory of the poor over a political elite that has failed to ease poverty and control rampant corruption.
WORLD
September 28, 2010 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
Despite a strong showing by opposition candidates in national elections, President Hugo Chavez's supporters maintained control of Venezuela's Congress, according to preliminary results released Monday. Chavez supporters won at least 96 of 165 seats in the elections Sunday, compared with at least 61 seats won by opposition candidates with the Democratic Unity Table coalition, based on partial results from the National Electoral Council. A splinter socialist party called the PPT won at least two seats, and six seats remained up in the air. The results, if confirmed when final tallies become available, will leave Chavez without the two-thirds congressional majority he has enjoyed in recent years and which gave his government automatic approval of proposals.
NEWS
December 4, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Venezuelans follow the lead of President Hugo Chavez in an upcoming referendum, their country will have a new constitution full of the grand ambition, ideological passion and nagging ambiguity that have characterized the year-old Chavez government. The debate leading up to the Dec. 15 vote on the new Magna Carta drawn up by a Chavez-dominated Constitutional Assembly inspires hope and fear.
NEWS
August 2, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent troops to quell disturbances over disputed regional elections as several opposition candidates challenged the results of Sunday's general elections. Chavez cruised to a six-year term in a ballot described as clean and fair by international observers. But tight races for state governors and mayors in many regions sparked protests and clashes as opposition candidates alleged vote fixing and sought recounts.
NEWS
July 31, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Venezuelans endorsed President Hugo Chavez's "peaceful revolution" Sunday by electing the charismatic populist to a six-year term and giving his party and its coalition partners a majority in the national legislature, according to preliminary election returns. After a day of voting marked by long lines but few other problems, Chavez held a decisive 59% to 37% lead over his former ally, Francisco Arias, with 77% of the ballots counted.
NEWS
December 7, 1992 | Reuters
Miss Universe of 1981 swapped her title for that of mayor of Venezuela's richest municipality Sunday. Irene Saez, whose distinguished past made her the most publicized of the 200,000 candidates in Sunday's state and municipal elections, defeated two contenders for the newly created Chacao district of eastern Caracas, the local Venevision network said. "I will not defraud the confidence you have placed in me," Saez, 30, said.
NEWS
October 12, 1987
Venezuela's ruling Democratic Action party nominated former President Carlos Andres Perez as its presidential candidate for the 1988 general elections. Perez received 66% of the vote in a national primary, defeating Interior Minister Octavio Lepage Barretto, who polled 34%. Perez, 64, was president from 1974 to 1979, during the oil bonanza that coincided with the skyrocketing of crude prices on the world market.
NEWS
May 26, 2000 | Associated Press
Citing technical woes, Venezuela's high court on Thursday suspended this weekend's general elections, saying free and fair balloting is impossible until the problems are resolved. Conditions for "credibility and transparency" in Sunday's presidential, congressional and regional elections do not exist, said Ivan Rincon, president of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice.
NEWS
August 2, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent troops to quell disturbances over disputed regional elections as several opposition candidates challenged the results of Sunday's general elections. Chavez cruised to a six-year term in a ballot described as clean and fair by international observers. But tight races for state governors and mayors in many regions sparked protests and clashes as opposition candidates alleged vote fixing and sought recounts.
NEWS
July 31, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Venezuelans endorsed President Hugo Chavez's "peaceful revolution" Sunday by electing the charismatic populist to a six-year term and giving his party and its coalition partners a majority in the national legislature, according to preliminary election returns. After a day of voting marked by long lines but few other problems, Chavez held a decisive 59% to 37% lead over his former ally, Francisco Arias, with 77% of the ballots counted.
NEWS
May 26, 2000 | Associated Press
Citing technical woes, Venezuela's high court on Thursday suspended this weekend's general elections, saying free and fair balloting is impossible until the problems are resolved. Conditions for "credibility and transparency" in Sunday's presidential, congressional and regional elections do not exist, said Ivan Rincon, president of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice.
NEWS
December 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
Venezuelans overwhelmingly approved on Wednesday a constitution that eliminates the Senate and vastly increases the power of President Hugo Chavez, allowing him to stay in office for up to 13 years, according to early results. With more than 80% of the ballots counted, 71% of voters were in favor of the new charter and 29% opposed. Street celebrations immediately broke out when the initial results were announced by the National Electoral Council.
NEWS
December 4, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Venezuelans follow the lead of President Hugo Chavez in an upcoming referendum, their country will have a new constitution full of the grand ambition, ideological passion and nagging ambiguity that have characterized the year-old Chavez government. The debate leading up to the Dec. 15 vote on the new Magna Carta drawn up by a Chavez-dominated Constitutional Assembly inspires hope and fear.
NEWS
November 20, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
President Hugo Chavez says a new constitution drafted by an assembly packed with his allies would distance the world's No. 3 oil exporter from "savage capitalism." Chavez, a left-leaning nationalist, has alarmed investors at home and abroad with frequent attacks on the free-market economic model. The Venezuelan charter will be put to a referendum Dec. 15. Business groups and opposition politicians say it will discourage foreign investors.
NEWS
December 5, 1988 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
Former President Carlos Andres Perez, a social democratic champion of Third World causes, won a presidential election Sunday with a landslide triumph that will return him to office after 10 years out of power. Projecting unofficial returns from most of the votes cast, the Venevision television network said Perez had won 51.7% of the ballots. Eduardo Fernandez, his Social Christian rival, took 36.3%, and the remaining 12% was divided among 21 other candidates, Venevision said.
NEWS
December 7, 1988 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
Carlos Andres Perez, Venezuela's president-elect, can be a man of moderation and tact, or he can be a brash challenger of the status quo. He professes friendship with the United States, but he has boldly defied U.S. policies in the past. As a former president experienced in international affairs, Perez makes no secret of his plans to seek a leadership role in Latin America.
NEWS
July 26, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
President Hugo Chavez's leftist coalition won an overwhelming majority of a constitutional assembly in nationwide elections Sunday, giving the former coup leader vast new power to carry out his "social revolution." With Chavez urging the constitutional assembly to abolish both Congress and the Supreme Court, opposition leaders feared the vote was a prelude to dictatorship.
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