Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Will Chávez Steal Parliamentary Elections?

by Carlos Alberto Montaner

Miami Herald
August 31, 2010

The situation in Venezuela is becoming dangerously tense. Ramón Guillermo Aveledo says that the Sept. 26 parliamentary elections may be the last ones in the country -- ever.

Aveledo, a prestigious lawyer, writer and former president of Congress, is the executive secretary of the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, the umbrella organization for the united opposition.

What's happening in the country? Possibly, Hugo Chávez could lose, so he's looking for a way to tamper with the results. One month away from the elections, the most reliable survey -- by Consultores 21, as disclosed by expert Joaquín Pérez Rodríguez -- gives the victory to the opposition, 52 to 42 percent.