December 4, 1999 |
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.
August 2, 2000 |
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.
July 31, 2000 |
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.
December 7, 1992 |
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.
December 8, 1993 |
To Rafael Caldera, winning Venezuela's presidency for the second time is an honor and an opportunity to restore the economy and the soul of his country, a dubious prospect in the minds of many diplomats and analysts. "Caldera has never seen this election as one of specific issues or even of normal politics," a diplomat said in the wake of the 77-year-old Caldera's presidential victory in Sunday's election--his second such win in more than two decades.
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.