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President Nicolas Maduro wins re-election

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Issue 2605
Nicolas Maduro
Nicolas Maduro (Pic: Donq question/Flickr)

Venezuela’s left wing president Nicolas Maduro was re-elected with 67.7 percent of the vote on Sunday.

Turnout was low at 46 percent.

The election comes amid a deepening crisis of Venezuelan capitalism, which has seen severe food shortages.

And the news comes after US president Donald Trump said recently he would support a coup to remove Maduro from power.

Allegations of fraud and coercion dogged the election.

These include claims that recipients of welfare were told their payments were conditional on their voting for Maduro.

The right has decades of coup attempts to its name. And there is well documented evidence of vote suppression in the US.

Right wingers in Venezuela are looking for any opportunity to get rid of Maduro.

And they have refused to acknowledge the results of Sunday’s election.

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